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Sydney FC wary of Lowe's A-League return

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Graham Arnold has had his fair share of white line fever over his coaching career.

But not even he could tell what kind of impact Perth coach Kenny Lowe's return from suspension will have on his A-League team when they visit Sydney on Sunday.

The English manager makes his anticipated comeback to the sideline after being banished to behind the glass for storming the field against Melbourne City three weeks ago.

Arnold insists the Glory present a tricky challenge at the best of times but could be buoyed by having their coach back on the bench.

"It's hard to tell. Sometimes I wish I could sit up top, the emotion side of it is tough at times. It's a rollercoaster ride on the bench," Arnold said.

"You see the NRL and AFL coaches sit up in the boxes and they still are emotional up there.

"But I don't think it'll have that much effect on them. Kenny's obviously a passionate person and makes his feelings known on the sideline. I'm the same, (Melbourne Victory coach) Kevin Muscat's the same. We have an effect during the game, but too big an effect."

Lowe also played down his return.

"We go about our business no different to what we've done since I've been at the club and it doesn't matter who it is," he said.

"Ultimate respect for who you play for but have the utter belief that you can get something out of the game. I'm really looking forward to going there."

League leaders Sydney FC are at full strength and gunning for their sixth consecutive win, however Arnold says he is wary of the Glory.

"Kenny Lowe does a great job over in Perth and he's been very smart by bringing back a lot of WA players from overseas," he said.

"Rhys Williams played in the Premier League only two years ago for Middlesborough. We know he's had his injuries in the past, but we saw in the pre-season game what a class player he is."

Perth have lost Josh Risdon to Socceroos duty.

They can move to third on the table with an upset.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Six of the last seven times Sydney have hosted Perth Glory the game has ended in a 2-1 win, four times for Sydney and twice for Perth.

* Sydney FC have now won their last three games in a row on home soil, the last time they won four in a row was in 2013.

* Andy Keogh has hit more shots on target than any other player this season (11) and as a result has the best shooting accuracy (91.7%) of any player (minimum five shots).

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