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Perth Glory - Brisbane Roar Preview logo 07-04-2017

Perth Glory will hope home comforts will help secure their spot in the six but Brisbane Roar hit town in top form, with the A-League's sharpest shooter in tow.


Perth Glory squad: 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 11.Richard GARCIA, 13.Nick FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 22.Adam TAGGART, 26.Lucian GOIAN, 28.Joe KNOWLES, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Rhys WILLIAMS (returns from suspension), 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (returns from injury)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 2.Alex GRANT (foot – season), 4.Shane LOWRY (quad – season), 10.Nebo MARINKOVIC (groin – 1 week)

Brisbane Roar squad: 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH (c), 15. ARANA, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 25.Kye ROWLES, 26.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk), 46.Cameron CRESTANI

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (promoted), 20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 25.Kye ROWLES (promoted), 46.Cameron CRESTANI (promoted)

Outs: 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS (not selected), 22.Thomas BROICH (not selected)

Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – season), 11.Tommy OAR (hamstring – 1 week), 17.Matt MCKAY (knee – 4 weeks), 24.Connor O'TOOLE (ankle – 2 weeks)


Five weeks ago, Glory were third in the A-League and even harboured ambitions of a top-two finish.

But after a winless March, Perth have slipped to sixth and are yet to confirm their place in the finals.

Castro focused on Glory's finals bid

Instead, it's Roar who are now third off the back of two wins in their last three games and a rich vein of goal-scoring form from fringe Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren.

Brisbane could still finish second if they win their remaining two games and Victory lose theirs by reasonable margins.

Even if they don't, Roar should enter the finals with significant momentum.

By contrast, Perth coach Kenny Lowe can't even start planning for the finals just yet.

Glory's top-four hopes hit

In fact, if Glory lose to Brisbane and fast-finishing Wellington get at least a point against Sydney FC earlier in the evening, the top six might not be known until the very last kick of the regular season the following Sunday night.

Perth can put that discussion to bed with a win against John Aloisi's men from Queensland and will hope the return of captain Rostyn Griffiths and veteran Rhys Williams can inspire them at nib Stadium.

With Kashima Antlers set to visit on Wednesday in the AFC Champions League, Aloisi has decided to leave Thomas Broich and Avram Papadopoulos in Brisbane.

Luke DeVere should take Papadopoulos' position in defence, while Arana seems the most likely to cover Broich's absence.


Jamie Maclaren is the A-League's hottest marksman over the past month, bar none.

The 23-year-old's eight-minute hat-trick last weekend against Central Coast Mariners took him to 18 goals for the season, and equal top of the Golden Boot standings alongside Victory's Besart Berisha.

Maclaren has scored seven goals in his last four A-League games and those strikes have played a huge part in Roar's late-season surge into the top three.

The goals have dried up for Perth, with just two in the last three games, but any side with Diego Castro in it will always be a dangerous prospect.

Perth's super Spaniard plays his 50th A-League game on Saturday and will be desperate to mark the occasion with a performance to reignite his side's faltering campaign.


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Jamie Maclaren. Roar were 1-0 down after an hour last weekend, before the Melbourne-born speedster went bang-bang-bang.

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