Perth Glory is set to host Melbourne City at HBF Park in the upcoming A-League fixture on Friday. In their previous match, Glory faced a narrow 3-2 defeat against Sydney, marking their third consecutive loss in the league. Eager to reverse their fortunes, they will aim to secure a victory. Despite goals from Adam Taggart and Oliver Bozanic in the second half, a late own goal by Aleksandar Šušnjar led to their defeat.
On the other hand, Melbourne City bounced back with a 2-0 away win over Newcastle Jets, ending a four-game winless streak across all competitions. Benjamin Joseph Mazzeo and Jamie Maclaren were the goal-scorers, helping them climb to the seventh spot in the league table, while the hosts dropped to the tenth position.
Analyzing their recent performances, Glory has secured only one win in their last 11 games across all competitions, with that victory occurring at home in the A-League in April. They have faced four defeats in their last five league games, conceding at least two goals in each loss. Despite a decent home record, having lost just once in their last seven A-League home games, they might face challenges.
Meanwhile, Melbourne City has recorded only one win in their last five games across all competitions, experiencing two defeats and failing to score twice. With a track record of two wins in their last nine away A-League games and struggling to find consistency this season, they may encounter difficulties.
Considering Glory’s strong home record and City’s inconsistency, particularly in away matches, a draw seems likely. Therefore, we predict that the two teams will settle for a draw in this encounter.