Perth Glory finished the regular season in Australia as the Premiership winners after topping the table following 25 game campaign. The Glory lost just two matches during the season which left them eight points clear of their nearest rivals Sydney FC.
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The reward for winning the Premiership is that Perth go into the finals series as the number one seeds which means they get a bye into the semi-finals where they will meet the lowest ranked 1st round winners at HBF Park.
Perth are now 5/4 in the A-League betting on the finals series which represents an excellent proposition as it is hard to see them letting it slip in the post-season. Home advantage is going to be crucial as the Glory have an excellent record at their stadium therefore they look the most likely winners.
Andy Keogh can keep firing in the goals for glory
Irishman Andy Keogh has had five seasons with Perth now and in that time he has found the back of the net on 58 occasions, therefore, he is proving to be one of their all-time leading strikers.
Keogh has netted 13 goals in 25 appearances so far this season, where he just two behind the league leaders Adam Le Fondre (Sydney FC) and Roy Krishna (Washington Phoneix). If you fancy backing Keogh to be the top goalscorer in the A-League at the end of the campaign, he is 12/1. Le Fondre tops the betting at 5/6, while Krishna can be backed at 6/4.
Keogh has played in the Premier League in England therefore the occasion is not going to get to him in the semi-final or final of the series where Perth are looking for their maiden success in the Grand Finals.
Chris Ikonomidis and Diego Castro have chipped in with goals too this season for Glory therefore they are not just reliant on Keogh, however, it is the man from Ireland who has been their leading talisman and will be the player who can help them complete a fantastic year.
Popovic stressing job is not complete to his players
The encouraging thing from listening to Perth boss Tony Popovic is that he is making it clear to his players that the job is not complete this season, despite claiming the Premiership Plate, the club’s first ever silverware in the A-League.
Popovic is demanding that his players stay focussed for their final couple of regular season games where they will face Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix. The Australian is likely to rest many of his first-team starters for those ties, although he will be hoping his team keeps their momentum going into the post-season.
Juande, Jason Davidson and Ikonomidis all picked up knocks recently, therefore the rest will do them good as they look to get 100% fit in time for their clash in the semi-final. It will also give the fringe players in the squad the opportunity to impress their manager ahead of the crunch time in the season.
Perth will be in action in the semi-final between 10-12 May, while the final is scheduled for 18-19 May in what could be a historic game for the Glory.