Gold Coast seek second win
Gold Coast United will look to continue their encouraging start to their inaugural A-League campaign against fellow expansion side North Queensland Fury on Saturday.
Miron Bleiberg's charges top the table after the opening round of the new season after recording a 3-1 win at Brisbane Roar and are looking forward to their first game at Skilled Park.
And with North Queensland beginning their A-League life with a 3-2 home defeat by Sydney, Bleiberg is looking to take advantage as the Fury continue to settle into the Australian top-flight.
"This week will be an interesting game between two new clubs who have approached their entry into the A-League in very different ways," he said. "We both received our licenses around the same time, one appointed a rookie coach, the other an experienced coach.
"Our marquee player is a current Socceroo and our assistant coach a former Socceroo. Fury have gone for English and Scottish people primarily and it's an interesting contrast.
"We decided to put our squad together early, signing many of our players last year, and they decided to come with a bit of a late run, signing the likes of David Williams and Shane Stefanutto only recently.
"Fury are still bringing their side together and as a result they are still working on their combinations, etc. They have a good side and I think it is fair to say that the best is yet to come from them as they begin to settle into a rhythm over the coming weeks."
Action in Round Two begins tomorrow night with the F3 derby between Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium with both sides looking to build on impressive opening day wins.
The Mariners stunned defending champions Melbourne Victory 2-0, while the Jets rounded off a high-scoring opening weekend with a 3-2 win over Wellington Phoenix.
Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna will have to reshuffle his squad with defender Chris Doig ruled out with a calf strain with Nigel Boogaard or Pedj Bojic set to drop into the central defensive gap and either Dylan Macallister or Ahmad Elrich earning a starting berth.
On Saturday Melbourne return to Etihad Stadium looking to kick-start their season against Brisbane although they will be without captain Kevin Muscat after the veteran defender was ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering a hamstring tear last week. Matthew Kemp is set to deputise for Muscat with Nick Ward, Leigh Broxham and Billy Celeski all in contention to fill Kemp's void at right-back.
Elsewhere, Sydney entertain Adelaide United, 1-0 winners against Perth last week, while the Glory travel to Wellington.