Mar 2, 2021 at 10.20am UK
Perth GloryPerth Glory
Central CoastCentral Coast Mariners
Fornaroli (65')
Timmins (25'), Castro (86')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Simon (6'), Urena (40')
Kuol (83')

Preview: Perth Glory vs. Central Coast Mariners - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Australian A-League clash between Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Coming off a defeat to Adelaide United, league leaders Central Coast Mariners will be aiming to return to winning ways when they travel to Perth Glory on Tuesday.

This is the first meeting between the sides this season, with the hosts holding on for a 1-0 win in their most recent meeting back in July 2020.

Match preview

Perth Glory grabbed their fourth win of the year and a third on the trot on Friday when they cruised to a comfortable home victory over Brisbane Roar.

Roar midfielder Jack Hingert cancelled out Diego Castro's 40th-minute opener late in the first half, but second-half goals from Bruno Fornaroli and another from Castro gave the hosts a 3-1 win.

Richard Garcia's men are sixth in the A-League table, but they have three games in hand over most of their rivals and could surge to the summit of the Australian top flight should they grab all nine points.

The Western Australia outfit currently boast the deadliest attack this term, having scored 18 goals in six matches for an average of three goals per game.

However, they have struggled to replicate this standard at the defensive end of the pitch, as they have shipped 13 goals already this term.

The visitors slumped to a 3-2 defeat away at the Coopers Stadium in their last outing when they met a resilient Adelaide United.

Alen Stajcic's side, who ended with 10 men, blew the lead twice before Tomi Juric scored his third penalty of the game to give the Reds a hard-earned 3-2 win.

This was just their third loss of the season and it ended their run of three straight wins and cut their lead at the top of the table to one point after second-placed Macarthur claimed a 1-0 win over Sydney FC.

The Mariners will travel to HBF Park on Tuesday with an impressive away record so far, having picked up nine points from a possible 12 on the road.

Their defensive solidity, at least in comparison to other teams, has been a huge factor in their rise to the top of the A-League table, as they have conceded the second-fewest goals so far with 10.

Perth Glory Australian A-League form: WLLWWW

Central Coast Mariners Australian A-League form: WLWWWL

Team News

Perth Glory defender Osama Malik is once again on the sidelines through injury, after featuring in just 11 matches last season due to a hamstring injury.

This time, the 30-year-old is out with a dislocated shoulder he suffered in a friendly match in January.

Chris Ikonomidis is also on Glory's injury list after he was declared to have suffered an ankle problem.

Besides that, Garcia has a full squad to pick from, and we could see Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro lead the attack for the second-straight game this season.

The visitors have a clean bill of health and Kye Rowles will be available to feature after his red card against Adelaide United was reversed.

Perth Glory possible starting lineup:
Reddy; Ingham, Lachman, Aspropotamitis, Walsh; Hughes, Kilkenny, Stynes, D'Agostino; Castro, Fornaroli

Central Coast Mariners possible starting lineup:
Birighitti; Clisby, Rowles, Tongyik, Nigro; Bouman, Stensness, Bozanic, De Silva; Kuol, Urena

We say: Perth Glory 1-1 Central Coast Mariners

With three wins and two draws each, both teams have been decent over the last month. They are balanced at both ends of the pitch and although the visitors are yet to draw a game this season, we predict a close contest with a share of the spoils.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or draw in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home/Draw:data

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