4 on field battles that will determine Victory vs Perth

Fresh from their gritty stalemate with Wellington Phoenix, Perth Glory travel to AAMI Park this Saturday to face a Melbourne Victory side seeking redemption.

Both Perth and Melbourne boast mouth-watering attacking trios, so the defenders of both sides will play the major roles in moulding the outcome of this contest. There are four intriguing matchups as we look ahead to Round 23.

1. Diego Castro vs Jason Geria

After another game-changing performance against Wellington, we can only expect more of the same from Diego Castro this weekend. Standing in his way will most likely be Jason Geria, who too will be looking for revenge after being the man out of position for the deciding goal in last weekend’s loss to Sydney FC. Most teams have struggled to nullify Castro this season and his persistent dazzling play was the true reason Perth left Wellington with a point last weekend. It certainly won’t be an easy shift for Geria against Perth, but employing a dogged mind-set to stop the Spaniard should be the only way for the one-time capped Socceroo.

2. Besart Berisha vs Dino Djulbic

It has been another super season for Berisha, whose 17 goals in 22 starts have propelled him to a Kosovo national team call up. Like Castro, most team have struggled to limit the all-time A-League goal scorers influence this season and we can expect more of the same this weekend. Perth are without injured defensive-duo Alex Grant and Shane Lowry for the remainder of the season and as Rhys Williams has been shifted into midfield in recent times, it will be Dino Djulbic who will shoulder the task of stopping Berisha. Although he’s started the past eight matches, Djulbic has struggled for form at times this season which has been a serious worry for Glory fans.

3. James Troisi vs Rhys Williams

Having both received a Socceroos call up on Wednesday, James Troisi and Rhys Williams will clash in what will be one of the more genuine midfield battles this weekend. With the defensive-minded Williams likely to start in a holding midfield role, the task will be to stop the rampant Troisi who should take charge of the creative-midfield duties again for the Victory. Troisi has linked superbly with Berisha and Rojas this season and if Williams can break down Victory’s attacking play, it will go a long way to securing the three points for Perth.

4. Rojas v Warren 

Now, this matchup is probably the most worrying from a Glory point of view. Marc Warren should come back in to the side for the injured Joseph Mills and will certainly have his hands full. Warren started the Glory’s first five matches this season, but has been overlooked by Kenny Lowe ever since. His challenge will be to refute the pace and trickery of the “Kiwi-Messi” and by no means will it be easy. Warren, like Geria, needs to adopt a dogged mind-set to stop a potential rampaging Rojas.

 

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