The much-anticipated grand final rematch completes Week 1 of the new A-League season, with Perth out to ease some of the hurt from last season's dramatic decider
|By WILLIAM VALLELY
Risdon, Thwaite, Van den Brink, Heffernan
Zahra, Miller, Burns, Nagai
Hingert, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto
Murdocca , Paartalu, NicholsBroich, Berisha, Fitzgeral
Brisbane's dramatic 2-1 victory over Perth in last season's A-League grand final remains fresh in the memory for both sides, but perhaps the Glory in particular.
The last win Perth registered against Brisbane was back in February 2010, but an impressive pre-season - registering two impressive wins against both Melbourne sides - gives good reason for Glory fans to be optimistic about the season ahead.
Brisbane's pre-season failed to get into gear; after being thumped 6-2 by Adelaide, they thrashed Sydney FC 5-1 and then lost their final pre-season game to Central Coast Mariners on September 23.
Evan Berger [hamstring] and Chris Harold will miss out for Glory, with club debuts likely to be handed to Adrian Zahra, Michael Thwaite and perhaps Ryo Nagai.
James Meyer [groin] is two weeks away from regaining full fitness for Brisbane, but it is the late withdrawal of key duo Henrique and Ivan Franjic that hurts most.
Reigning Johnny Warren medalist Thomas Broich will be monitored closely by Glory defenders while Shane Smeltz will look to continue his impressive pre-season form for Glory.
Roar striker Besart Berisha - winner and scorer of the controversial game-deciding penalty in the 2011-12 grand final - is likely to get a difficult reception from the home fans at Patersons Stadium.
A win against last season's champions would come as a small consolation for Glory, and would set them up for what may prove to be a tough home-and-away campaign.
Brisbane will travel west confident of repeating last season's grand final result and their attacking potency may just get them over the line in a tough encounter.