The Glory will be raring to go after a much-needed week off and now Ian Ferguson has a much bigger array of players to choose from.
Things were looking sick and sorry for the Western Australians with a large chunk of their first team either injured or suspended, making life very difficult at the selection table.
Josh Mitchell, Scott Neville, Andy Todd and Jamie Harnwell are amongst the names back into Ferguson’s squad which will increase their depth and being at home will give them confidence.
But they take on a Mariners team who were destructive at times in their 4-0 home win over Sydney FC last Saturday night and will be looking to cement their spot in the top four.
Graham Arnold has some selection headaches of his own as Daniel McBreen returns form selection making his choice of strikers tough after Adam Kwasnik and Matt Simon’s superb performances against the Sky Blues.
On paper, the Mariners take this one comfortably but a revitalized Glory may be harder to break down than earlier in the season and a draw looks a likely scenario.
Verdict: 1-1 draw
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Date: Sunday, 12 December 2010
Local kick-off time: 5.00pm local (8.00pm AEDT)
Referee: Gerard Parsons
Head-to-head: All matches (played 16): Perth Glory wins 2, Central Coast Mariners wins 10 (4 draws)
Match fact: Central Coast Mariners striker Adam Kwasnik is set to make his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance for the Mariners.
Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports, FS1 HD and Sky Sports 1 (NZ). Hyundai A-League partners are 6PR 882AM (Perth) and 96.3 Coast FM (Gosford). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.au
Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2. Josh MITCHELL 3. Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10.Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Tommy AMPHLETT, 14.Steven McGARRY, 15.Howard FONDYKE, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 20. Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 22.Anthony SKORICH, 24. Josh RISDON *three to be omitted*
In: Josh MITCHELL, Scott NEVILLE (return from suspension), Andy TODD, Jamie HARNWELL (return from injury), Anthony SKORICH (promoted).
Out: Brent GRIFFTHS (suspended), Naum SEKULOVSKI (suspended), Mile STERJOVSKI (suspended).
Unavailable: Chris COYNE (on loan - January), Victor SIKORA (Hip – season), Brent GRIFFITHS, Naum SEKULOVSKI (suspended), Mile STERJOVSKI (suspended)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 2. Daniel McBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 10. Patricio PEREZ, 11. Oliver BOZANIC, 14. Michael McGLINCHEY, 17. Chris DOIG, 18. Alex WILKINSON (c), 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Mathew RYAN (gk), 22. Mustafa AMINI, 23. Adam KWASNIK, 30. Paul HENDERSON (gk) *one to be omitted*
In: Daniel McBREEN (returns from suspension)
Unavailable: Brad PORTER (knee – 8 weeks), Jess VANSTRATTAN (knee – season)