Reasons for Lowe to be nervous as Sydney fly west

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As Perth Glory continue to look less and less like the “top-two” team Irish striker Andy Keogh suggested they were, Sydney FC’s will fly west to battle it out for what they hope will be three easy away points in Round 11.

With the problems continuing to mount and the games getting no easier for Kenny Lowe, here are a few reasons for the Englishman to be nervous as he prepares his side to face the table toppers on Saturday.

Perth Glory are yet to beat the Sky Blues at home under Kenny Lowe.

Potentially the one statistic Glory fans will want not to hear as they look forward to the weekend’s match, Perth have managed just the one goal in three home games against Sydney FC under Lowe. The Sky Blues did the away double on Perth in season 2014/2015, winning 3-0 and 3-1 respectively and were able to back up that good form up last campaign with a 0-0 draw on their only away trip west. Having lost 4-1 to Sydney in Round 6 this season, it is sure to be a difficult task for Perth this weekend.

Worst defence, against best attack.

Perth have only managed one clean sheet so far this campaign and an ever-changing back-four has no doubt been the catalyst for that statistic. Sydney on the contrary are leading the league in that area, managing six clean sheets in having only conceded four goals. The Glory will need to do everything they can to stop Milos Ninkovic, Alex Brosque and Bobo adding to their combined 13 goals scored this campaign.

Threat of dropping out of top six if they lose.

Perth have dropped to fifth spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder and are now 12 points off the league leaders Sydney, so losing again this Saturday is not an option for the Glory. On top of that, seventh placed Newcastle Jets face cellar-dwellers Adelaide United this weekend and if they win they will be equal on points with Perth, provided the Sky Blues beat the Glory. If the Jets get past Adelaide, the Glory may just end the round outside the top six and further away from the lofty early season expectations.

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

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