Official FFA Preview: Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory
Two For The Price Of One! Robbie Fowler’s Glory take on Mariners in the second of a cracking double-header
Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory Saturday 30th October 7:30pm
Two For The Price Of One! Robbie Fowler-s Glory take on Mariners in the second of a cracking double-header at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday!
With their side only having played one game at home since their victory over Melbourne Heart on 10th September, the Yellow Army are growing used to life away from Bluetongue Stadium. Now, with work to complete the re-turfing of Bluetongue well under way, Central Coast Mariners are adopting Sydney Football Stadium as their home-away-from-home this weekend.
To make their day out in the State-s capital even more enticing, fans are being treated to a history-making double-header. For the first time in the Hyundai A-League, one stadium will host back-to-back matches.
Before Mariners clash with Perth Glory at 7:30pm, Sydney FC will entertain high-flying Brisbane Roar (kick-off 5:15pm). With two games being played out for the price of one, this is a Saturday evening football feast that cannot be missed! Mariners fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the designated Mariners Bays 37 and 38 for this unique double-header.
As well making up half of over three hours of live Hyundai A-League action, the Mariners- game against Perth Glory is mouth-watering enough on its own. Not only is former England striker Robbie Fowler always a huge draw, but the match also sees the return of former Mariners assistant coach Ian Ferguson to NSW. Also, if the game is anything like as entertaining as Mariners- last home game, then it will be well worth the entrance fee.
The tussle with North Queensland Fury in Week 9 was a five-goal cracker, with the Mariners grabbing an injury-time winner against their ten-man opponents. The Yellow Army that are making the relatively short trip to their very temporary adopted home do so in the hope of being entertained once more by a similarly goal-crazy thriller. However, after a disappointing defeat in Brisbane last week, Graham Arnold will settle for three points no matter how they come.
Similarly, Perth Glory would give just about anything for a win right now. Five straight defeats turned into six last Sunday, as bottom of the table Sydney FC humbled Glory in front of The Shed, turning them over 3-0. The defeat may have been Perth-s lowest point of the season, but at least it showed that new boss Ian Ferguson isn-t afraid to shake things up as he bids to end this miserable run.
Against Sydney he brought in Jamie Harnwell, Branko Jelic and Robbie Fowler and shuffled things around into a 4-3-3 formation. While it didn-t work against the Champions, playing three up-front again might just pay dividends against a Mariners defence that has shipped two goals in each of their last two games.
The last meeting between the two sides saw Glory dish out a 3-0 thumping to Mariners. A similar outcome this Saturday night would be the perfect remedy to their ailing Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season. So good was their start, that it won-t take much to put them right back in the mix again.
Yellow Army, don-t miss out on this festival of football on Saturday. Get down to Sydney Football Stadium and make it yours for the day. Drown the other supporters in a sea of yellow and cheer your side on a another home victory!