Saturday’s A-League 2016 Round 1 match is between Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners. The opening kick off is set to commence at 22:00 local time with the game to be played at NIB Stadium. The home team Perth Glory are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners.
Glory made a horror start to last season, losing six of their first nine matches, but only one of those was at home. They gained momentum after that and snuck into the finals in fifth spot. Coach Kenny Lowe appears to have improved his playing staff adding Socceroo Rhys Williams returning and Serbian international Milan Smiljanic. Star Spanish midfielder Diego Castro resigned with the Glory and last season’s Johnny Warren Medallist is an important part of the jig saw. New Central Coast coach, Socceroo Paul Okon, faces a tough baptism to the A-league ranks. The Mariners struggled last season winning just three matches and conceding 70 goals, so it will be an uphill battle again.
Sportsbet odds: Glory $1.50, Mariners $6.00, draw $4.20.
Title: Glory ($6.00), Mariners ($34).
Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 13 Nicholas FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joseph MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Jamal REINERS, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Kosta PETRATOS, 24.Milan SMILJANIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Blake POWELL, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Mickael TAVARES, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, Jacques FATY, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING, 25.Ryan PETERSON