Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United: match preview
A refreshed Adelaide United will be confident of taking all three points against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday at what’s been a home-away-from-home for them in Gosford.
The Reds – who enjoyed a bye last weekend – have won on their last six visits to Central Coast Stadium, including a 3-1 triumph last month (Round 6).
Gertjan Verbeek’s side is sitting comfortably inside the top four and will see this clash as a chance to consolidate that position.
But they should be clever enough not to underestimate Alen Stajcic’s side.
The Mariners were terribly unlucky to lose 1-0 to champions Sydney FC last weekend and have been playing better than their ladder position and points tally suggests.
Scoring goals has been their issue with just seven from eight games so far. Maybe new recruit Jair – who made an impressive debut last weekend – can help turn things around.
Sunday, December 15 2019
Kick-off: 6pm AEDT
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Eunsun KIM, 6.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 7.Milan ÐURIĆ, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Tommy OAR, 11.Daniel DESILVA, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 15.Kye ROWLES, 16.Dylan FOX, 17.Samuel SILVERA, 18.Gianni STENSNESS, 19.Matthew SIMON, 23.Mario SHABOW, 26.Joshua NISBET, 27.Lewis MILLER, 29.Jair BRITTO, 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 9.Jordan MURRAY (Return from Injury), 10.Tommy OAR (Return from Illness), 16.Dylan FOX (Promoted)
Outs: 21.Ruon TONGYIK (Not Selected)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Michaël MARIA, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 10.James TROISI, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 35.Al Hassan TOURE, 37.Jai KING **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (promoted), 11.Kristian OPSETH (returns from injury), 37.Jai KING (promoted)
Unavailable: 8.Riley McGREE (knee), 31.Mirko BOLAND (knee), 36.Noah SMITH (foot)
Did you know?
- Central Coast Mariners have been kept goalless in each of their last two Hyundai A-League games; the last time they went longer without a goal in the competition was a four-game stretch in December 2017.
- Adelaide United are undefeated in their last eight Hyundai A-League games against the Central Coast Mariners (W7, D1); their last defeat to them in the competition came in February 2017.
- The Mariners have scored three goals from outside the box so far this Hyundai A-League season, more than any other team in the competition.
- The Reds are the only team to have scored a direct free kick goal this Hyundai A-League season, despite having made just three direct free kick shots.
- Central Coast defender Kye Rowles has blocked 13 shots this Hyundai A-League term, the joint-most of any player in the competition.