Perth Turn The Heat Up On Mariners

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Jacob Burns plays his 100th A-League match this weekend. Image courtesy of Getty Images
In Saturday’s late match between Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners both teams will be hungry for a win, but for different reasons; Glory will be keen to celebrate Jacob Burns’ 100th A-League match with the scalp of the champions, while the Mariners will want to start life after Graham Arnold with a positive performance under new gaffer Phil Moss.

The Mariners will no doubt be refreshed after a week off, whereas Glory is still recovering from its 1-1 draw with the Reds in blistering heat in Perth on Saturday. New marquee man William Gallas struggled to keep up in the conditions when he came off the bench last week, but will feel much more comfortable in the cooler night air. After going down to Adelaide United in the opening round, Glory has now gone five matches without a loss.

The reigning champions will go into the match with a full-strength squad whereas Glory is without youngster Josh Risdon - who is still a month away from returning to the pitch - and Travis Dodd, both out with knee injuries. Central Coast lost its first match of the season in its previous start going down to Brisbane Roar 1-0 at home and they come in to this after a bye week.

Although the Glory won their last meeting 2-1 , this fixture is always a close game and it hasn’t produced more than three goals in a match since December 2011.

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