Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory preview

Surely it can’t get any worse for Perth Glory following six successive defeats.

Tomorrow night they take on a Central Coast Mariners outfit who have played just once in the last two weeks and will either be fresh or rusty for the second match of Sydney Football Stadium’s double-header.

The Glory sunk to a new low when they were brushed aside by the previously winless Sydney FC at home last weekend and coach Ian Ferguson has a big job on his hands to turn things around as quickly as possible.

Some changes are expected for this fixture as the former North Queensland Fury boss tinkers with his line-up to find a successful formula. Skipper Jacob Burns is out after accumulating yellow cards but his loss may be offset by the return of last year’s best player Andy Todd.

In the Mariners camp, things are going along just ok, as they always seem to do at Bluetongue Stadium. The return of Patricio Perez is sure to spark the side who have plenty of grinders but not a lot of flair.

In a match which, on paper, doesn’t do a whole lot for the avid viewer, Central Coast may have just enough to overcome the Glory who have netted just two goals in their last six outings.

Verdict: Mariners 1-0

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory
Date: Saturday, 30 October 2010
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Local kick-off: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 15): Central Coast Mariners wins 9, Perth Glory wins 2 (4 draws)
Ryan Shepheard

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1, FS1 HD & Sky Sports 1 (NZ). Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 96.3 Coast FM (Gosford) and Zinc 100.7 (Townsville). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Central Coast Mariners squad: 2. Daniel McBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 10. Patricio PEREZ, 11. Oliver BOZANIC, 12. Matthew LEWIS, 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: Patricio PEREZ (returns from injury), Adam KWASNIK (returns from illness)
Out: John HUTCHINSON (suspended - 1 week)
Unavailable: Trent SAINSBURY (knee - 1 week), Nik MRDJA (back - 2 weeks), Brad PORTER (knee - 12 weeks), Jess VANSTRATTAN (knee - season)

Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3. Jamie COYNE, 4. Andy TODD, 5. Jamie HARNWELL, 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10. Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14. Steven McGARRY, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21. Mile STERJOVSKI, 22. Anthony SKORICH, 25. Ryan PEARSON *one to be omitted*
In: 4. Andy TODD (promoted), 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI (promoted)
Out: 7.Jacob BURNS (suspended – 1 game)
Unavailable: 6. Chris COYNE (on loan -4 weeks),7. Jacob BURNS (suspended – 1 game), 8. Victor SIKORA (Hip – 2 weeks)