Western United returns to Tasmania this weekend for the 2022 Macca’s Festival of Football, kicking it all off with a clash against Perth Glory on Saturday evening.
Western United vs Perth Glory
Saturday, 16 April
Kick-off: 5:05pm AEST
UTAS Stadium, Launceston
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+
Western United: LDWDL
Perth Glory: DLLLL
Western United has found its toughest spell of form of the season so far, with just one in the side’s last six meetings.
Despite that, John Aloisi’s side still controls its own destiny at the top of the table, and it’s long-term record has just two losses in the past 14 matches.
The Green and Black will be hoping to kick start another run of wins between now and the end of the season to build momentum heading towards the finals.
Perth Glory are stuck in a poor run of form, with four straight defeats separating them at the bottom of the table from the rest of the sides in the competition.
The West Australian outfit have picked up only three points from their last 13 matches, but were recently competitive against Melbourne Victory and have seen the growth of a number of young players while many of their experienced pros are on the sidelines.
Despite how the form table reads, this clash will be far from easy and Western United will be fully focused on performing well and fighting hard for another three points.
Western United has enjoyed a very strong record against Perth Glory in the past, with four wins, one draw and just one defeat in the six previous meetings between the two sides.
The most recent two wins over Perth have both come this season, with Dylan Wenzel-Halls’ late strike securing United’s first win of the campaign in Round 2 before Aleksandar Prijovic and Dylan Pierias wrapped up victory in Launceston, incidentally, in February.
Western United is expected to welcome back Dylan Pierias after the young winger missed out on last week’s defeat to Wellington Phoenix with a minor ankle problem.
Josh Risdon and Alessandro Diamanti remain unavailable, but the remainder of the squad should all be in contention for the match.
What John Aloisi is saying
On making sure his players are showing no signs of complacency against Perth
“Last week was the perfect example – Wellington losing heavily in their two games prior to ours. They have to be ready, have to be switched on. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, every game will throw up difficulties and obstacles to come up against.
“It doesn’t matter what side they put out, it’ll be a tough game and we have to be ready.”
On the squad and the entire Club looking forward to going to Tasmania
“We love going down to Tasmania, we’ve got a good record there. We’ve been away before as a group for five days, and the boys like it. They like each other’s company, it’s pretty good that we all get along. It makes Easter away a lot easier!
“As a club, the majority of the club will be there in Tassie and looking forward to promoting the game there and getting back down to one of our home grounds. It’s great for us to help promote that and make sure there’s people there that can see first-hand what the A-League is like. Hopefully one day there will be a team in Tasmania, but for now it’s great that we can go down there and play.”