Perth have the chance to get their season off to a great start when they host Central Coast at home on Saturday.
The last of the triple-headers on Saturday night, Perth are hot favourites to beat the Mariners and secure all three points.
Although it is still early in the season the writing is definitely on the wall for Central Coast.
After a horror 2014/15, the Mariners have been in all sorts of disarray in the offseason after the sacking of coach Tony Walmsley.
That was after their 2-1 loss to NPL outfit Green Gully in the FFA Cup.
He has been replaced by former Socceroo Paul Okon but he has a hell of a task to turn the 2013 premiers around.
They won just three times and drew on four other occasions while they tasted defeat in their other 20 games. Leaking 2.6 goals per game, they conceded 16 goals more than the next worst defence and that was Wellington.
While the Mariners have recruited well with a trio of ex-Sydney FC players (Faty, Tavares, Necevski), it is highly doubtful that they will be able to stop their current 11-game run in which they haven’t secured a win.
Perth beat the Mariners 4-0 the last time they played and have prevented the Central Coast outfit from taking all three points from nib Stadium in their last four visits to the venue.
With the inclusions of Rostyn Griffiths and Rhys Williams, the latter an EPL-class defender, Kenny Lowe’s men do look too strong for a Mariners side which is coming off the worst performance in the A-league ever.
Can’t go past Perth here.
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Go the unders as teams that sack their coach usually lift soon after so expect the Mariners to show some resistance.