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Glory road warriors ready for Roar battle

Perth Glory are yet to lose away from home this season, but they'll have to break their Suncorp Stadium curse to keep that hot run going.

Glory road warriors ready for Roar battle

Perth Glory are yet to lose away from home this season, but they'll have to break their Suncorp Stadium curse to keep that hot run going.

NEIL KILKENNY of the Glory move the ball foward during the A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners at nib Stadium in Perth, Australia.
NEIL KILKENNY of the Glory move the ball foward during the A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners at nib Stadium in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images

Perth Glory are building a reputation for being the A-League's road warriors, and it could help propel them to title success.

Glory are yet to lose away from home this season, and will fancy their chances of taking all three points when they take on the struggling Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.


Perth ended 2018 three points clear on top of the table after snaring seven wins and two draws from their first 10 games.

On the road, their record is four wins and a draw from five games.

Perth have only posted three wins and four draws from their 20 visits to Suncorp Stadium.

But Glory midfielder Neil Kilkenny said the talent-laden squad has a belief they can win no matter where they play.

"We're a fit team, we're well organised, and we've got some good players in the final third," Kilkenny said.

"When they get their chances, they score."

Glory's 4-1 win over Central Coast last week was significant for several reasons.

Not only did Andy Keogh snap a five-game goalscoring drought with his brace, the team was able to create plenty of attacking opportunities despite the absence of Socceroo Chris Ikonomidis.

Defender Matthew Spiranovic, who had missed a year of action with a hip injury before being cut down by a hamstring complaint, successfully got through his first full game of the season.

And fit-again skipper Diego Castro wasn't even needed off the bench due to his team's dominance, giving the 36-year-old extra time to recover from his recent hamstring injury.

Castro is set to be given some game time against the Roar, while defender Shane Lowry is available again after serving his one-match suspension.

While Glory are flying high with only one loss this season, Brisbane are languishing in ninth spot with just one win from 11 games.

Roar coach John Aloisi stepped down last week following the horror run of results, with caretaker Darren Davies guiding the side to a 2-1 loss to Sydney and then a 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

The club was in mourning this week after the death of former Roar managing director Mark Kingsman in a jet ski accident.

GLORY'S ROAD RECORD THIS SEASON

Beat Melbourne Victory 3-2

Beat Adelaide 2-0

Drew with Wellington 1-1

Beat Jets 2-0

Beat Mariners 4-1

STATS THAT MATTER

*Perth have recorded just three wins from 20 visits to Suncorp Stadium (W3, D4, L13)

*Perth have conceded just one first-half goal in their last six away fixtures, while scoring nine goals of their own in the first half across this span

*Brisbane Roar's Jamie Young has recorded 39 saves this term - the most by any goalkeeper

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