With Dutch playmaker Victor Sikora combining with Dadi (10 goals this season), Adriano Pellegrino and Nikita Rukavytsya (9 goals this season), Perth Glory have a highly competitive side. Unfortunely, it is not clear whether they will re-sign Dadi and Nik R has probably played his last game for them with his trip to trial for a Dutch club.
Melbourne were not a match for this combination. And without some well timed (and successfully disguised) fouls from Kevin Muscat, Dadi would have got 2 or 3 more goals.
As it is the results on the weekend mean that Adelaide v Roar on Wednesday could be the game of the season. If Adelaide win they will just about have the premiership and a return to Asia in the bag. They will be very relieved at this because there is no way they will be able to keep some key players if they cannot tempt them with limelight football to enable them to win bigger contracts in future years. If the Roar win, Melbourne are still in it and the Roar will have proved that they have the experience and talent to get there too.
For the Roar a win in Adelaide is vital to attract the much needed crowd for the annual Roar v Sydney highlight (read Queensland v NSW origin).