Perth Glory have strengthened their defence while the visiting Mariners will have their midfield general back for this clash of the bottom two sides.
Saturday, 12 December 2015
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-Off: 6:40 PM (Local) (9:40 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Ben Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick
Fourth Official: David Bruce
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 9.30pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 720 ABC Perth, 92.5 ABC Central Coast, ABC Local Radio WA, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.
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Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7, Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Jamal REINERS, 29.Aryn WILLIAMS
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Alex GRANT (promoted), 28.Joe KNOWLES (promoted), 29.Aryn WILLIAMS (returns from suspension)
Outs: 25.Jacob COLLARD (omitted), 16.Sidnei SCIOLA (quad – 1 week)
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle - 6 weeks), 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee - indefinite), 19.Josh RISDON (thigh - 1 week), 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ (hamstring - 1 week)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Paul IZZO (GK), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Mitch AUSTIN, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD,15.Matthew SIM, 16.Liam ROSE, 19.Josh BINGHAM, 20.Anthony KALIK, 22.Jake McGING, 23.Tomislav USKOK, 24.Jake ADELSON, 40.Tom HEWARD-BELLE
**two to omitted**
Ins: 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (return from suspension), 20.Anthony KALIK (promoted), 24.Jake ADELSON (promoted)
Outs: 21.Michael NEILL (not selected)
Unavailable: 7.Fabio FERREIRA (hamstring - 1 week), 18.Glen TRIFIRO (back - 3 weeks)
For the second consecutive week, Perth Glory will take part in a battle of the A-League cellar-dwellers.
Last week, an early strike from Pablo Sanchez saw Adelaide United overcome the Glory 1-0 for the Reds' first win of the season, while on Saturday night, Perth will host Central Coast Mariners, who have also dropped below the South Australian club.
Perth and Central Coast have just one win each after nine rounds - although the Glory have a game in hand - with the Mariners' victory having come against the Western Australians in the opening round.
On that occasion, the Mariners triumphed 3-2 but since then the goals have dried up for both teams.
Only Perth - in their 3-1 win against Adelaide in October - have managed to score more than two goals in a game. The Glory have reinforced their defence with the return of Alex Grant and Aryn Williams but leading scorer Sidnei is out with a quadricep problem.
Inspirational Mariners captain Nick Montgomery is a big inclusion for the visitors.
- Perth have earned just one win and one draw in their last eight A-League matches, though both of those results came on home soil.
- The Glory have won three and drawn one of their last five matches against Central Coast.
- The Mariners have conceded more goals than any other team in the final 15 minutes of games (6).
- But Central Coast have scored half their goals (5) in the same period - behind only Western Sydney Wanderers (7).
- Perth have conceded the equal-most goals (4) in the opening 15 minutes of A-League fixtures alongside Adelaide and Wellington Phoenix.
ROUTE TO GOAL
This season started so promisingly for Tony Walmsley and his Mariners.
At home against Perth Central Coast struck early through Roy O'Donovan, weathered a Glory comeback and surged to victory thanks to Fabio Ferreira's brace.
Walmsley's pro-active approach won many admirers but eight games without victory has taken the gloss off the Gosford-based outfit.
O'Donovan started the season with three goals in five games but has dropped off over the past month, with the Irish striker missing some absolute sitters.
Combined with Ferreira's long-term injury, Central Coast lack genuine cutting edge up front and it may be time for Walmsley to give the likes of Dan Heffernan and Josh Bingham more of a run.
Perth have scored just one goal in their past six matches in all competitions but injuries have made it tough on coach Kenny Lowe to rejig his forward set-up.
With Sidnei joining Guyon Fernandez on Perth's injury list this week, Lowe may look to go short and speedy up front, with Chris Harold a chance to lead the line.
WHO'S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Kenny Lowe. The Glory's coach demanded his side "grow up a little bit" after their loss to Adelaide but denied he is under pressure.
Perth Glory: LLDLL
Central Coast Mariners: DDLLL
Perth Glory 1-1 Central Coast Mariners