|By PAUL GOUGH
New Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is being tipped to make a winning start when the defending champions face Perth Glory in a re-match of last season's A-League grand final on Friday.
Mulvey, who coached Gold Coast United in a caretaker capacity and had been in charge of Melbourne Victory's W-League team, replaced Rado Vidosic as manager on Tuesday following the Roar's tough start to life without dual championship-winning coach Ange Postecoglou this season.
With Postecoglou now at the Victory after leading the Roar to successive titles in the past two seasons, Brisbane have slipped alarmingly so far this season and after 11 matches sit second last on the table with just 11 points.
However, such is the evenness of the competition - outside of runaway leaders Central Coast and Adelaide United - the Roar are just six points adrift of Victory in third spot.
And a win on Friday will see them go level with the Glory - in fifth spot - on 14 points.
And with the Roar also likely to get a much-needed lift from the change in coach, they have been installed as short-priced favourites to give Mulvey a winning start on Friday.
The draw is at $3.40 at TAB Sportsbet, $3.50 at both Centrebet and sportsbet.com.au and best odds of $3.85 with Betfair.
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In the other game on Friday, newboys Western Sydney are again over the odds at home against second-placed Adelaide.
The Wanderers have been a revelation under Tony Popovic in their debut season and, far from being the easybeats everyone expected, are sitting in fourth with 16 points and are coming off a sensational 2-0 win over local rivals Sydney FC.
Both teams are conceding on average less than a goal per game, which makes a low-scoring match the most likely result in this one.
The Reds are favourites at $2.37 at sportsbet.com.au, $2.40 at Centrebet and $2.45 at TAB Sportsbet but are best value at $2.62 with Betfair.
The Wanderers went down just 1-0 when they travelled to Adelaide in Week 2 but we think they can better that result this time around at home.
And with both sides having played out just one draw each for the season so far, they are overdue for another one.
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