CENTRAL COAST MARINERS V PERTH GLORY Thursday night, Central Coast Stadium
Are these sides set for a repeat of their opening round epic when they clash on Thursday night?
Hark your mind back to Round 1 and Perth totally dominated Central Coast in the opening half to open up a 3-nil lead only to see the Mariners storm back in the second half to level the scores and share the points.
The fortunes of both teams have fluctuated since then so that should make for a highly entertaining fixture.
The Mariners are playing at home for just the second time this season and are likely to put up a good fight after drawing 1-1 in the F3 Derby last week.
One of the big questions for Perth will be can they pick up more points on the road.
Perth has a very good recent record against Central Coast winning five of their last eight fixtures.
What's more is that the Glory attack has often fired against the Mariners, scoring a minimum of two goals in their last four games and three or more twice in their two most recent outings.
There is no doubt that the Central Coast are a far improved outfit from the 2015/16 version.
They already have six points from the opening seven games of the season, which is huge when you consider they only had 13 points all of last campaign!
Interestingly, all their points so far have been captured on the road with a win and three draws being produced.
Central Coast have only played once at Gosford this season with the effort yielding a 1-0 loss to the high-flying Brisbane.
For some reason the home side in this fixture usually dominates.
The home team has won four of the last six contests between the sides with the other two being draws.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Central Coast showed some resilience last week in getting a 1-1 draw with Newcastle and are in some sort of form, securing points in three of their last four games.
Their defence still has a lot to be desired but coach Paul Okon has installed a confidence in this side that they can compete with most teams in the A-league.
Whether that is enough to stop Perth, who broke a mini run of outs last week against Adelaide, remains to be seen.
Perth suffered a 4-1 loss to Sydney at Allianz a fortnight ago in a game that could have easily been theirs, however, one of the traits of their efforts on the road this season has been poor finishing.
Their stop scorer, Andy Keogh, has six for the term but all of them have been at nib Stadium. They need him, and the rest of the team, to be able to fire on road trips.
Perth have just one away win so far this season (against Melbourne City) while they have lost to Brisbane and Sydney. The Central Coast definitely aren't in that class so off the back of that, we are tipping Kenny Lowe's side.
THE TIP: Perth
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go the Overs - an average of 4.5 goals have been scored in their last four clashes