Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners: match preview

Alen Stajcic's cellar-dwelling Central Coast Mariners head north seeking to avoid taking a step closer to an unwanted Hyundai A-League record on Friday.

The competition's basement boys have gone eight straight matches without picking up a single point – after gathering 13 points, and showing flashes of progress, in their first 12 matches.

The last two months have proven fruitless for the Gosford side and the back-to-back wooden spooners are staring down the barrel of their longest ever Hyundai A-League losing streak – which stands at 10 matches in 2018/19, a run which brought the firing of Mike Mulvey and the hiring of Stajcic. 

The now-defunct New Zealand Knights hold the worst barren run of 11 straight losses, and Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar will seek to send Central Coast one closer to the precipice at Suncorp Stadium.

The Queenslanders have six wins, three draws and two defeats in their last 11 matches – a stretch that has transformed their campaign. Three points would take the Roar into the top four for the first time since Round 1, for 24 hours at least.

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Friday, 13 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.30pm local, 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports

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Team news

To be confirmed on Thursday.

Did you know?

  • Brisbane Roar FC are undefeated in their last 17 Hyundai A-League matches against Central Coast Mariners (W13, D4). They haven’t lost to the Gosford-based side since April 2014.
  • Central Coast Mariners have lost their last eight Hyundai A-League games on the bounce, the last and only previous time they lost more was a 10-game stretch across 2018 and 2019. In fact, only twice in Hyundai A-League history has any team lost more consecutive games.
  • Roar  have a passing accuracy of 77% in the opposition half this Hyundai A-League campaign – the highest of any team. Their overall passing accuracy of 83% ranks second in the competition this season (Wellington Phoenix – 84%).
  • The Mariners have made 137 total shots from outside the box this Hyundai A-League season, more than any other team in the competition and 39 more than Brisbane Roar FC (98).

Tipping

Round 23: Roar v Mariners

Pick a winner
Brisbane Roar FC
Brisbane Roar FC
Draw
Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners

Round 23: Roar v Mariners