A-League: Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory- All you need to know about this match
It’s clear that Central Coast Mariners have taken a big step in the right direction this season, and whilst it’s only early on in the new Hyundai A-League campaign, they are looking good value to return to the playoffs after a dismal period over the last few years.
Last weekend they picked up a huge win as they beat Wellington Phoenix 4-1 away from home, taking them to 5th in the table. However, they are only a point inside the playoff zone, and they have been known to collapse into dreadful runs of form.
Mariners’ win over their Kiwi opponents was their second of the season, coming a few weeks after their shock 2-0 win against reigning champions Sydney FC. However, they are never nailed on favourites to win a match, due to their inconsistencies.
Perth Glory are coming into this game in high spirits too, with a 3-1 win away to Melbourne City giving them confidence for their trip to Central Coast Mariners. The visitors have won three of their eight league games, although like their opponents, have performed awfully on occasion.
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory
Date: 3rd December 2017
Kick off at 06:00 UK /07:00 CET/ 11.30 IST
Venue: Central Coast Stadium (Gosford).
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory: Head to head
If we are to judge by the head to head stats, this is going to be a one-way street from the very first whistle.
The Mariners have been more than dominant in the history of the head to head meetings with Perth at their Central Coast Stadium where they’ve won 17 and lost no more than three of 22 matches.
Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners are without goalkeeper Thomas Glover and full back duo Joshua Rose and Storm Roux.
Perth Glory’s injury crisis deepens, with full backs Marc Warren and Scott Neville out along with midfielders Diego Castro and Andreu Guerao and strikers Daniel Stynes, Joel Chianese, and Adam Taggart.
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory: Prediction
Since the visitors will again be without their talisman in the final third, we have to see Central Coast Mariners as favourites for clinching the spoils here.
Nonetheless, we do expect goals which given both teams’ defensive woes in the recent fixtures.
Away from home Glory have only lost two of their four matches though, and with one of those coming on the opening weekend they will feel quietly confident of coming away with something on Sunday.
Central Coast, meanwhile, have only won one of their four home games this season. That 2-0 win over Sydney FC was very impressive, but they have since lost at home to Adelaide United and prior to that win they had drawn with Melbourne Victory and been thrashed 5-1 against Newcastle Jets.
Despite this rather sketchy record of results they are comfortable favourites in the bookies eyes, and we think there’s a lot of value to be had by backing Perth Glory Win or Draw Double Chance. We’re opting for that along with a 1-1 correct score predictions.