5 Glory players that must turn up against Sydney FC

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Looking ahead to the match against Sydney FC, these five players are the key to ensuring their Perth Glory don’t end the week 10 points behind the league leaders.

 

1. Alex Grant

The 22-year old has started the past three matches and opened his goal scoring account for the season but his biggest challenge will be to stop the rampant Alex Brosque and Filip Holosko, who both have bagged three goals apiece. No-nonsense play will be required from Grant, who will have to lead from the front in the absence of Josh Risdon, who is out on Socceroos duty.

2. Chris Harold

Having failed to find the back of the net and managing just the one assist in his first five starts, it has been a slow start for the man who bagged nine goals in all competitions last season. An ever-present down the right wing for Kenny Lowe, he will come up against Michael Zullo this weekend, who has been a standout in the team yet to concede a goal this campaign. If Harold can get open his account for the season, the Glory will have a great chance of taking home the three points.

3. Rhys Williams

Yet to fully find his feet in this Perth Glory side, including Williams in the midfield to break up the attacking play of Bobo, Alex Brosque and Filip Holosko, may go a long way to the Glory taking the chocolates. Williams could also feature at right back in the absence Josh Risdon. Whether Kenny Lowe will start the ex-Socceroo remains to be seen after he began last weekend’s match against Western Sydney Wanderers on the bench.

4. Diego Castro

After a frustrating game against the Wanderers some pundits were suggesting Castro’s body language was sending the wrong message to his teammates. The mercurial Spaniard will need play as positive as he can to help Glory beat the Sky Blues. Standing in his way will be Alex Wilkinson and Matthew Jurman, who are yet to concede a point this season. If Castro can build on the eight chances he has created so far this year, and bag his third goal of the campaign, then the Glory will have a great chance of causing the biggest upset of the season.

5. Rostyn Griffiths

Returning from a neck injury, the skipper is expected to be thrown into the starting eleven in place of Brandon Wilson, who picked up a knock against the Wanderers last weekend. The passion and determination the Blackburn Rovers youth product brings the team, should compliment new Serbian midfielder Milan Smiljanic expertly. If Griffiths can maintain his 73.9% passing accuracy in the attacking half, it will go a long way to ensuring Sydney FC concede their first goal of the season.

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

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