Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory A-League preview and prediction

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The underside-of-the-table Mariners conflict with league leaders Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium tonight within the 2018-19 New 12 months’s Eve fixture.

The Mariners need to give their followers one thing to cheer about whereas Perth need to hold their place on the prime of the desk.

Central Coast Mariners

The Mariners continued their dropping streak in opposition to rivals Newcastle with a 2-1 loss in Gosford final Sunday, protecting them to 2 factors, which is 4 factors behind the ninth-place Brisbane Roar. They scored the primary aim of the sport by Matt Simon, though coach Mike Mulvey outlined an absence of composure as the principle cause his staff misplaced the match.

Key participant: Aidan O’Neill
The Mariners have been taking part in in a Four-1-Four-1 formation in opposition to the Jets, leaving the teenager as the one central midfielder. The Perth Glory performed a Three-Four-1-2 type, so if the formations are comparable, Aidan O’Neill should play as an attacking mid, central mid or a defensive mid whereas having to cope with Juande, Neil Kilkenny and Brandon Wilson more often than not.

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The place they’ll win
I discovered it very laborious to discover a cause for them to win, however Mariners followers should be getting determined for a victory. It’s been virtually a yr since they final gained a match, but when the followers can do one thing, like threaten to cancel memberships, then gamers would possibly simply have that additional drive.

The place they’ll lose
Composure. Coach Mike Mulvey stated that the Mariners misplaced composure within the second half of the F3 derby. He advised reporters that gamers often had an eye fixed off the ball or weren’t centered, permitting to the Jets comeback. If that occurs in opposition to top-of-the-table Glory, this might get ugly.

Final 5: 5 losses.

Place: Tenth.

Predicted line-up
GK: Ben Kennedy
LB: Jack Clisby
CB: Anthony Golec
CB: Kye Rowles
RB: Matt Millar
CM: Aidan O’Neill
LM: Connor Ache
CAM: Tommy Oar
CAM: Michael McGlinchey
RM: Andrew Hoole
ST: Matt Simon

Tommy Oar returns from damage and I count on him to exchange Mario Shabow.

Central Coast Mariners A-League fans

(Tony Feder/Getty Pictures)

Perth Glory

Perth Glory suffered their first defeat of the season final week in opposition to Sydney FC, dropping 2-1 on the newly renamed HBF Park. The boys in purple have been denied a controversial late equaliser, however the Glory have saved their prime of the desk honour.

Key gamers: Joel Chianese and Diego Castro
Chris Ikonomidis has been an unimaginable pick-up and has stuffed the void left by Adam Taggart, and although the previous Lazio participant has scored six targets with two assists in 9 video games, he’s off to the UAE with the Socceroos. I count on Chianese or Castro to should do what Ikonomidis did by offering that key hyperlink between him and Andy Keogh. Large boots to fill.

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The place they’ll win
Photographs. The attacking stats can be vital, however significantly in that pictures part. Final week within the 2-1 loss to Sydney they’d 9 pictures, 4 of them on course and certainly one of them at the back of the web. Towards a weaker Mariners defence you’d count on the identical variety of pictures and not less than two targets.

The place they’ll lose
Type and historical past. The Glory haven’t overwhelmed the Mariners in Gosford since 9 November 2014. I’m a giant believer in historical past, and that’s large. The Mariners are in surprising type, however from my expertise the Glory will nonetheless win, then lose one, after which lose much more.

Final 5: Three wins, one draw, one loss.

Place: First.

Predicted line-up
GK: Liam Reddy
CB: Matthew Spiranovic
CB: Tomislav Mrcela
CB: Alex Grant
LWB: Jason Davidson
CM: Neil Kilkenny
CM: Juande
RWB: Ivan Franjic
CAM: Diego Castro
ST: Andy Keogh
ST: Joel Chianese

I reckon we’ll see just a few modifications for the Glory. Diego Castro for Jake Brimmer, Joel Chianese for Chris Ikonomidis, Alex Grant for Dino Djulbic and Matthew Spiranovic for Shane Lowry.

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Match prediction: Perth win 2-Zero
The Glory seem like they may be on the slide and the Mariners may be on the up, as they appeared a bit of higher in opposition to the Jets. However I believe you would need to be very courageous to tip Central Coast in opposition to the ladder leaders.

There’ll be no preview from me subsequent week – as an alternative I’ll have the January version of riser rankings. Completely happy new yr!

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