Glory should see off the Mariners but the visitors can find the net at some point.
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners - Saturday 12:00, BT Sport Europe
Perth won just three of their first 15 games last term but 10 wins in their final 12 saw them surge up to 5th, though they were beaten 2-0 at City in their Elimination final. They’ll hope to pick up where they left off last term but the Mariners will want to banish all memories of last season, where they conceded 70 goals and picked up just 13 points. They have a new manager as former Aussie skipper Paul Okon takes his first head coach role and will hope to avoid the wooden spoon this time around.
Despite their early season struggles, Perth lost just two of their first eight home games, while wins in their last five meant that they had a W8-D3-L2 record overall at the nib Stadium. They won five of their seven home games against bottom-half sides, with four clean sheets including a 4-0 victory over the Mariners themselves in their penultimate home game.
Indeed, the Mariner s have lost five of their six visits to Perth since 2012/13, but they did manage to score in all of these except that 4-0 defeat. That’s indicative of their season last term as they netted in 14 of their 20 defeats and in nine of their 11 away losses. We’re backing that trend to continue this term and are siding with Perth to Win and Both Teams to Score.