W-League Finals | Perth looking for glory

Perth Glory have returned to the finals after a one-year absence and their free-flowing attacking game should have Sydney FC, Melbourne City and Canberra United concerned.

The Sky Blues currently stand in their way with the two teams set to meet in the semi finals on Saturday evening. So before the match kicks off let The Football Sack take you through everything you need to know about the Glory’s season so far.

The story so far

Perth Glory have been as strong as ever throughout the 16/17 season, finishing the campaign in second place. Lead by Glory legend Bobby Despotovski, Perth lost just three of their 12 league matches, employing a slick passing game style that got better as the weeks progressed. Perth were able to snatch a late 1-0 away victory against Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 14, so that solid form should hold this Perth side in good stead as the finals series begins this weekend.

They’ll beat Sydney FC because…

Sydney are in a form slump. It was a poor end to the league campaign for Sydney FC, managing just one win from their final four matches. The home ground advantage will play into Perth’s hands and with the semi-final being the curtain raiser to the men’s A-League match, there is sure to be a big crowd.

They’ll lose to Sydney FC because…

Sydney will want to go one better this season. Having lost the grand final to Melbourne City last campaign, the Sky Blues will be doing all they can to make sure they improve on last year’s failures. Sydney are stocked with Matilda’s right across the park, so it will be a seriously tough test for the Glory.

Will they win the W-League?

Yes, they have as good a chance as any. Perth should be confident they can mount a serious challenge for the title this season, provided everyone stays fit and healthy. Superstar skipper Samantha Kerr will be as fresh as ever after completing her one game ban in Round 14 against the Wanderers. If Perth topple Sydney this weekend the team they’ll need to watch is definitely Canberra United. United topped the 16/17 scoring charts with 33 goals, lead by young superstar Ashleigh Sykes, who also claimed the golden boot with 12 goals. Either way, Perth have a nice balance across the park and should be full of confidence they can win the W-League.

Best moment of the season so far? 

The emphatic Round 1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers. Perth won the match 4-2 and the win seemingly signified what was to come for the Glory. Samantha Kerr bagged two spectacular goals in their only match played at NIB Stadium this season, so returning to the same pitch this weekend should give the team full confidence they can replicate that winning form.

Key player 

Samantha Kerr. The speedy forward has excelled this season, scoring 10 league goals. Kerr scored some simply wonderful goals over the course of this campaign and was seemingly in a league of her own for many of the matches she played in. She has pace, power, finishing ability and the right amount of aggression to make her the top player she is. Glory play a direct style of football where Kerr often runs in behind the opposing sides back four. So the Sky Blues defence will need to remain on their toes, otherwise Samantha Kerr will be showing them a clean pair of heels.

Injuries/suspensions

Nil

Prediction

Two sides with very similar points tallies, goals scored and goals conceded throughout the league season would suggest a close game is in store. Perth have the upper hand with the home crowd advantage and having beaten the Sky Blues already this season, they should come away with the chocolates.

Perth 2-0 after 90 minutes.

Feature Image Credit:  Matt Johnson

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Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.