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  • 14 October 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
  • Referee: J. Gillett
  • • Attendance: 9192

A-League preview: Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory

A-League preview: Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory


The Mariners owe their opponents one after the Glory bundled Graham Arnold's men out of the title race last season, but the visitors arrive at Bluetongue full of confidence Indonesia   By GOAL.COM


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Central Coast kicked off their season with a 0-0 stalemate against Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium, while Perth avenged their controversial grand final loss to Brisbane Roar with a 1-0 victory at Patersons Stadium.

Mariners coach Graham Arnold admitted some of his troops failed to deal with the hype surrounding the A-League newcomers, who forced a number of telling saves from goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Central Coast had Ryan to thank for securing a point, having been stung by a lack of chances in front of goal as Arnold tinkered with the system that earned the Mariners the A-League premiership plate last season.

Having won their opening fixture for only the second time in eight A-League campaigns, Perth head to Gosford in search of their first regular-season victory at Bluetongue Stadium.

Billy Mehmet, who came off the bench to head home the winner against Brisbane, is expected to start up front, with New Zealand's Shane Smeltz away on international duty, while Japanese signing Ryo Nagai could make his Hyundai A-League debut after overcoming a hamstring strain.

For the Mariners, Adam Kwasnik is set to return from illness.

Arnold employed two holding midfielders against Western Sydney, shying away from his traditional diamond formation.

The Mariners boss hopes the change will make his side more unpredictable as the season goes on, though it remains to be seen how long it will take his charges to adjust to the new style.

Despite dominating possession, Central Coast had just two shots on target at Parramatta Stadium and must create more opportunities to be considered genuine title threats.

Glory have tasted success just once at Bluetongue Stadium, when they stunned the Mariners on penalties in last season's preliminary final.

In fact, Perth have beaten Central Coast just three times since the A-League's inception in 2005, though they head into this contest full of confidence after recording only their fourth victory from 23 attempts against Roar.

Perth coach Ferguson said Irish forward Mehmet was unlucky to miss a starting berth for the season opener as he did not fit into the preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, with Smeltz as the lone striker.

Mehmet replaced the Kiwi international on 84 minutes and broke the deadlock soon after with his seventh goal from 29 appearances for Glory, and the imposing front man hopes a repeat performance against the Mariners could tempt Ferguson to select two forwards upon Smeltz's return.

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