Kilkenny: Teams happy with draw against us

14 March 2019 09:12:25 EST

Perth Glory feel Adelaide United might play more positive tactics against them on Friday than they have faced in their last few games.

Neil Kilkenny believes teams have taken an approach against the league leaders that a point would be enough.

With Adelaide having lost their top-four spot last weekend when Wellington Phoenix got a goal difference boost with their 8-2 win against Central Coast, it means United are likely to be chasing victory in the Coopers Stadium clash.

Perth have been frustrated in their past two games, being held to a 1-1 draw at Western Sydney and then drawing 2-2 away to Melbourne City.

It's cut their lead at the top to six points, with nearest rivals Sydney FC doing their best to reel them in and win the minor premiership for a third straight season.

Kilkenny said: "We've found that over the last four, five or six games that teams are happy with a draw against us. Even when we go away from home, they look to stop us from playing instead of actually looking to play themselves to a certain extent.

"That's what we have to deal with at the top of the league and hopefully we can keep pushing, keep progressing and get the three points on Friday."

Coach Tony Popovic says watching A-League rivals play in the Asian Champions League has made him envious and he is determined that Perth will finish the season in top spot so they can earn a guaranteed spot in next year's edition.

"It would be nice to experience what Melbourne Victory and Sydney are this year," said the coach, who guided Western Sydney to the ACL title in 2014.

"We'll do everything we can in our power to bring that experience to our fans and our football club."

Glory are on a 12-match unbeaten run and are yet to lose away from home.

Perth Glory are 6/4 to win the Grand Final.

The Glory are 13/10 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 2/1 with the draw 13/5.

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