Three players to watch: #ADLvPER Round 9

With Adelaide United’s clash against Perth Glory fast approaching, we take a closer look at three of Glory's dangermen that the Reds should look out for when the two sides meet on Sunday at Coopers Stadium.

Nebojša Marinković
Instrumental in Perth’s 3-1 win over the Reds in Round 3 earlier this season, Marinković has consistently pulled the strings at the heart of the Glory midfield since arriving in Western Australia. Providing one assist but creating ten chances in the six games he’s been involved in this season, Marinković’s presence and vision is essential to Perth’s chances against the Reds, especially with the potential absence of György Sándor adding to an already depleted Glory outfit. Marinković’s through-ball accuracy frequently unlocks opposition defences and his set piece prowess is renowned and troubling enough for any ‘keeper.

Round 8:
Passing Accuracy: 73.8%
Shot Assists: 7
Total Crosses: 9
Total Shots: 1

Three players to watch from Perth Glory ahead of Round 9.

 

Diego Castro
Getting off the mark in front of goal in a cameo appearance for the Glory against United at nib Stadium in Round 3, Diego Castro has since shown flashes of his brilliance in what has been an underperforming Perth side. Castro’s reputation as a seasoned professional has been on display for keen watchers of the Hyundai A-League, but a lack of technical ability around him, unlike what he would have been used to playing in Spain’s La Liga, could be perhaps hindering his overall impact. But, as mentioned, his class has been on show in portions and if his showing against the Reds earlier in the season is anything to go by, United’s defence could have their hands full.    

Round 8:
Passing Accuracy: 83.3%
Shot Assists: 1
Total Shots: 2
Duels Won: 66.7%

Three players to watch from Perth Glory ahead of Round 9.

 

Richard Garcia
The 34-year-old captains the Glory this season and is another key, attack-minded player that Perth possesses. With English Premier League experience with West Ham United and Hull City, Garcia’s even graced international football stages 18 times with the Socceroos since 2008. With a goal and two assists this campaign, Garcia’s involvement with Perth’s converted chances equates to approximately 42.8%, as well has being the provider for nine other chances. His tenacious style of football can unsettle opposition midfields and defences, whilst always being strong in the tackle and never afraid of putting his body on the line for his team.

Round 8:
Goals: 2
Shots: 3
Duels Won: 50%
Shot Assists: 1

Three players to watch from Perth Glory ahead of Round 9.