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A-League: Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners

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Perth Glory spent the entirety of last season entertaining the neutrals in the Hyundai A-League with their all-out attack approach to football, with their 27 regular season games seeing a total of a huge 106 goals. They don’t seem to have changed their philosophy over the off-season period either.

Their opener was a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Western Sydney Wanderers, and they followed that last weekend with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle Jets thanks to a brace from star striker Adam Taggart.

The forward, along with his fellow attackers Diego Castro and Andy Keogh, netted 12 league goals apiece last season for Perth Glory. It’s Taggart who has been the standout performer in the opening two games though, and at odds of 21/20 he looks a fantastic choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions, given Perth’s attacking intent.

He should get plenty of opportunities as well considering Central Coast Mariners’ lack of strength at the back. The visitors started the season with a great amount of promise after their improvement last year, but that hope was short lived as they were hammered 5-1 at home to Newcastle Jets.

They did manage to fight back last weekend with a 2-2 draw at Western Sydney Wanderers, but the fact they have shipped seven goals in just two games is ominous for this particular match. They have managed to score in both of their games as well though, whilst Perth Glory have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 home league games.

Central Coast Mariners have only kept one clean sheet in nearly three years of away days in the A-League though, so them keeping a Glory side out who have scored 31 goals in their last 14 home league games looks incredibly unlikely.

Match Facts:

A-League, Round 3

Sunday, 22 October, 2017, 13.30 IST

NIB Stadium/Perth Oval

 

Head to Head:

Central Coast Mariners have won three, drawn one, and lost one of their last six meetings with Perth Glory. The home team hasn’t lost this fixture in any of the last eight encounters, with both teams scoring in five.

 

Team News:

Perth Glory FC~

Left back Marc Warren and striking pair Joel Chianese and Daniel Stynes are injured for the hosts.

Central Coast Mariners~

Centre back Kye Rowles is the only injury problem for Central Coast Mariners, although Andrew Hoole will miss out through suspension after getting sent off last weekend.

 

Prediction:

Unsurprisingly this scoring record has resulted in a lot of high scoring affairs. 12 of these 14 games for Perth Glory have seen at least three goals.

I will go for a high scoring match with Perth Glory winning 4-2.