Paul Okon’s Central Coast Mariners travel across the Nullabor to face Kenny Lowe’s Perth Glory as both sides chase their first victory of the season. The Yellow and Navy led twice against Western Sydney, while Adam Taggart struck twice against Newcastle as both sides settled for 2-2 draws. Both teams come into Round 3 with one loss and one draw so they will be looking to find any advantage they can. Fortunately for the Mariners they have one stat that puts the match in their favour.
The Mariners have a better winning percentage against Perth than they do with any other active club in the competition. Okon’s side have won 20 from 37 appearances giving them a winning percentage of 54. History usually favours the 2012-13 champions in this fixture and although they have only won five from 18 matches at nib Stadium they have only lost eight of those fixtures.
Central Coast’s winning percentages
- Against Adelaide United: 47.37 per cent
- Against Brisbane Roar: 16.28 per cent
- Against Melbourne City: 47.62 per cent
- Against Melbourne Victory: 24.32 per cent
- Against Newcastle Jets: 33.33 per cent
- Against Perth Glory: 54.05 per cent
- Against Sydney FC: 29.73 per cent
- Against Wellington Phoenix: 43.33
- Against Western Sydney Wanderers: 27.78
Sure this statistic means very little in regards to the match to close out Round 3 but it’ll definitely give the winless Mariners the confidence they can defeat Perth in their first home match of the season.
The in-form Dani de Silva returns to his former stomping ground for the first time since April 2015. Trent Buhagiar comes into the side in place of the suspended Andrew Hoole, speaking of winning records, he’s actually won two of the three matches played against Perth.
Kenny Lowe’s men have conceded four goals in the opening two matches and have had to deploy Scott Neville at centre back but will welcome central defenders Alex Grant and Shane Lowry back from injury.
Daniel de Silva and Jacob Poscoliero will play their first match against their former club, but can you name the other 14 players to play for Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners?