Roar v Glory: By the numbers

An eighth consecutive Hyundai A-League finals appearance goes on the line when we face Perth Glory at NIB Stadium on Saturday night (10pm KO).

There always seems to be goals when these two sides meet and we've enjoyed fair success against the Glory over the years.

With the ledger split at one apiece in season 2017/18, take a look below at some of the key stats and figures that could determine who lives to fight another day after full-time.

Head-to-head

Overall: Roar wins: 20, draws: 9, Glory wins: 9
In Perth: Roar wins: 8, draws: 5, Glory wins: 6

Neither side have managed to keep a clean sheet in the last six meetings with this fixture quickly gaining an identity as a sure-fire goal fest. In that time, 28 goals have been scored with a minimum of three goals in each game. It's no surprise that there is an average of 3.26 goals scored in Glory-Roar clashes.

Only twice in 13 Hyundai A-League seasons have Perth beaten the Roar twice in the one campaign - the Roar have achieved that feat against the WA side seven times.

Opta Widget: Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar

Enjoying the road

Last weekend's loss at ANZ Stadium was just the Roar's second away defeat of 2018 and avoiding defeat on Saturday would mean the Roar have not failed to take points in back-to-back away games since Round 1 this season. A win would see us climb back into the top six for until at least Sunday afternoon.

Keep your friends close & your touches closer

Massimo Maccarone has made 129 touches in the opposition box this campaign, the second most of any player in the competition. Eight of his nine goals have come from inside the box. The Italian will be the leading goalscorer on the field on Saturday night.

Defending woes

Only the Phoenix have conceded more goals than the Glory this campaign and the New Zealand side are also the only side to have conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes of each half this season - almost half of the goals conceded by the Glory have come in the shadows of half or full-time.

Maccarone

Our finals equation

As we play almost 24 hours before the other crucial fixture, we may not know our finals destiny until late on Sunday evening.

Brisbane Roar Win: A win would send us back into the top six pending Sunday’s clash between the Wanderers and the Reds. An Adelaide win, or a draw, would see us finish sixth and qualify for an eighth consecutive finals appearance.

Roar-Glory Draw: Unless the result is a 6-6 draw, or higher, the Wanderers would remain in sixth spot on goals scored. For the Roar to jump the Wanderers into sixth, Adelaide would then have to win on Sunday afternoon.

Perth Glory Win: We would finish the regular season in eighth position.