After losing the opening two matches of the 2022/23 A-League season, Perth Glory will look to bounce back on Sunday when they meet with Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium. It will mark their first head-to-head meeting since March 2022, when the two clubs parted ways with a 0-0 draw.
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory
- When: Sunday, October 23 – 17:00 AEDT
- Where: Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia
- Weather: Cloudy, 20°C
Perth Glory travel to Central Coast Stadium for their third straight away game, where they’ll chase their first points of the season. Having lost their opening two matches, things can hardly get worse for the Glory and considering their relatively solid record against the Mariners; there is a sense of optimism in the Glory’s camp. But can they break their dry streak?
Central Coast Mariners – All Eyes On Jason Cummings
Due to the unfortunate weather, Central Coast Mariners have played just one fixture so far this A-League season, a draw against Wellington Phoenix (2-2) last Sunday. However, the Mariners played well on the day and even had their chances to come away with all three points – and they would have had Paul Ayongo not scored an own goal in the 88th minute.
Regardless, the Mariners showed some good qualities, ended the game with 49% ball possession, and shot the ball 4/10. It’s also worth noting that Jason Cummings had a goal disallowed by VAR in the 38th minute, so it’s fair to say that many things went wrong for them in that affair.
Cummings still did his job, though, finding the back of the net in the 64th minute, which now brings up his total goals to 11 from 22 games for the Mariners, And we can be sure that he’ll look to improve those figures on Sunday against the shaky Perth Glory.
Perth Glory – A Rough Start To The Season
Perth Glory enters the third round of the A-League as the only Australian football club without a single point to their name. Just a day ago, they shared that status with Western United, who edged out a 1-1 draw with Macarthur FC, leaving Perth Glory alone at the bottom of the table.
So far, Perth Glory have already lost against WS Wanderers (0-1) and Newcastle Jets (1-2), which doesn’t look that bad knowing that their defeats came against the current second and third team in the league. Still, that’s no excuse for their performances,
Last round, Perth Glory showed us something against the Jets, ending the game with 13 shots and five on goal with 47% ball possession. And seeing them lose with minimal deficit does inspire some confidence. But there’s more to that match than meets the eye.
The Jets were clearly the superior team, having scored the opening goal in 59’ and then added another one in 90+3 despite playing with only ten men since the 72nd minute. On that note, Perth Glory’s only goal came via a penalty after Jordan Elsey’s karate kick saw him exit the pitch with a red card.
Based on Perth Glory’s recent showings, there isn’t much to look forward to ahead of this affair. The only positive thing we can say about Perth and their chances to defeat the Mariners is their head-to-head across the last five (1-3-1), including two draws (1-1, 0-0) from 2022.
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory Betting Odds
The hosts are priced as 1.90 favourites for this match (1.92 Pinnacle), Perth Glory is 3.90 underdogs (3.95 Pinnacle), and a draw is priced at 3.70 (3.94 Pinnacle). Since the market opened on the 16th, we saw some price movement on the side of Perth.
Central Coast Mariners opened as 2.00 favourites, while Perth Glory were priced at 3.48. The betting odds on a draw have remained mostly unchanged, starting at 3.96.
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory A-League Betting Picks
Regardless of what the team’s head-to-head record might suggest, it’s difficult to find a good reason to believe Perth Glory can force a draw, let alone cause an upset. The Mariners are looking strong, and with Jason Cummings in good form, you have to pick them to get it done on home ground.
- Prediction: Central Coast Mariners to win