The Mariners have a terrible away record but should be good enough to manage a point.
Perth’s defeat at Adelaide means they now prop up the bottom of the A Leauge table, having lost six of their opening eight games, though they do a have a game in hand on Adelaide, who are two points ahead of them at the moment, and the Mariners who they trail by just a single point. This looks to be the fight for the wooden spoon, however, as Newcastle in 7th are already six points clear of the bottom three.
The 1-0 defeat at Adelaide means that Perth have now failed to score in four of their last five games, with the exception being in a 5-1 hammering at Melbourne City. They have, however, lost just one home game this season, against Wellington on the opening day of the season, as they beat Adelaide and held Sydney to a goalless draw in a game played in scorching heat. They’ve not been helped by injuries either with defenders Djulbic and Risdon both out, as is defensive midfielder Zadkovich and summer signing Fernandez, a forward who joined from NAC Breda in the Eredivisie.
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After beating Perth at home in their opening game of the season, the Mariners have since failed to win, losing six of their last eight, with four of these defeats by more than one goal. However, they have found the net in eight of their nine matches with the exception being against league leaders Western Sydney. On the road, Central Coast haven’t won since the start of last season, but last term they drew all four of their trips to bottom-two finishers (Newcastle and the Wanderers), with three 0-0’s and a 1-1.
Though Perth have won their last three home games against the Mariners, this team bears little resemblance to former Perth sides and since they’ve struggled for goals so badly recently, we can’t back them at evens. On the other hand, the Mariners have a terrible away record but should be good enough to manage a point.