After drawing with the Victory midweek, Central Coast Mariners will look to continue their unbeaten run against Perth Glory on Tuesday evening.
The Mariners played at home on Wednesday, and it was Nicolai Müller who was the late hero, netting an 84th minute equaliser at Central Coast Stadium against the 2022 FFA-Cup champions.
The Glory haven’t enjoyed their return home in Perth in recent weeks as they have suffered back-to-back defeats to Adelaide United and Sydney FC respectively and Nick Montgomery will look to regain the form they have lost in recent times.
Speaking to media before facing the Glory, Montgomery reflected on what could have been against the Victory on Wednesday night.
“After that game I thought it was very disappointing we couldn’t get the three points.”
He continued, “We’re coming off the back of two solid performances so we will go there full of confidence.”
However, attention now turns to the low-lying Glory and the Yellow and Navy will be looking to record back-to-back wins at HBF Park as they look to repeat their last win outside of NSW against the Glory once more after they done it just over a year ago thanks to first half goals from Matt Simon and Marco Ureña.
So, who are the key players to keep an eye on this coming Saturday?
Nicolai Müller, (Central Coast Mariners)
After making a slow start to his Central Coast Mariners career, Müller has now hit a brilliant form with the Yellow and Navy as the 34-year-old has netted two goals in his last two games.
The German netted his first goal in Central Coast colours with an expertly placed free-kick and added his second in Yellow and Navy with a late equaliser against the Victory.
Muller will look to add to his tally of two goals so far this season when facing the Glory and it could be the winger’s deadeye passing ability that unlocks the key to victory on Tuesday evening.
The 34-year-old has over 86% of his passes accurate per game and has created two big chances for his Central Coast teammates so far this season while being fouled at least one time per match.
Bruno Fornaroli (Perth Glory)
After making the move across from Melbourne City over three years ago, Fornaroli has been extremely impressive for the Glory in his 64 games for the Western Australian club and could cause issues for the Central Coast defence on Tuesday evening.
The 34-year-old has 7 goals in 13 games so far this season including two of the seven goals being from long distance and is averaging a goal every 167 minutes for the Glory.
Despite being the leading goal-scorer for the Glory, the Uruguayan has missed over six big chances and has only converted 17% of his shots to goal so far this season and Montgomery and co. will be looking to keep the 34-year-old quite on Tuesday evening.
Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory is set to kick off at 10:05pm AEST at HBF Park Perth, Western Australia
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s MW18
Tuesday 15th March 2022
HBF Park, Perth, Western Australia
Kick Off: 10:05pm