Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar: match preview
Robbie Fowler may have a selection headache on his hands as Brisbane Roar travel south to face the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.
The Roar have picked up steam with four games unbeaten, their best run of the 2019/20 campaign, following a 1-0 win against in-form Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium last weekend.
Mirko Muratovic and Brad Inman started in attack for the Queenslanders but the game changed when Dylan Wenzel-Halls came on to score the winner, while new acquisition Scott McDonald made his debut from the bench.
Aaron Amadi-Holloway, who has also been on the scoresheet this season, remained an unused substitute, while six-goal top scorer Roy O'Donovan missed out on Saturday.
Alen Stajcic's Central Coast Mariners do not have that same problem and they failed to build on their epic win against Melbourne Victory, falling to a 3-0 defeat against Western United.
After each of the Mariners' four wins this season, they have followed up with back-to-back defeats. The Yellow and Navy will seek to avoid that fate at Central Coast Stadium.
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off: 5pm AEDT
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView
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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, 8. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 9. Jordan MURRAY, 10. Tommy OAR, 11. Daniel DESILVA, 12. Adam PEARCE (gk), 15. Kye ROWLES, 17. Samuel SILVERA, 18. Gianni STENSNESS, 19. Matthew SIMON, 21. Ruon TONGYIK, 26. Joshua NISBET, 27. Lewis MILLER, 29. Jair BRITTO 30. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 17. Samuel SILVERA (Return from personal leave), 21. Ruon TONGYIK (Promoted), 26. Joshua NISBET (Promoted), 30. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (Promoted)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 10.Bradden INMAN, 15.Aaron REARDON, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Jake McGING, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA, 27.Kai TREWIN, 28.Izaack POWELL, 30.Mirza MURATOVIC, 77.Scott MCDONALD **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Tom ALDRED (returns from suspension), 15.Aaron REARDON (promoted), 27.Kai TREWIN (promoted)
Unavailable: 12.Aiden O’NEILL (international duty), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (international duty), 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS (knee – TBC)
Did you know?
- Brisbane Roar are undefeated in their last 16 Hyundai A-League games against the Central Coast Mariners (W12, D4); their last defeat to them came on 12 April 2014.
There have been 16 goals scored in the last four Hyundai A-League meetings between the Mariners and Roar at Central Coast Stadium, including eight in their most recent encounter (Brisbane won, 5-3).
Brisbane Roar are on the hunt for back-to-back away wins in the Hyundai A-League for the first time since March 2018 after picking up a 2-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers FC in their last away fixture (1 January 2020).
Brisbane Roar have made 529 passes per game away from home this A-League season, more than any other team in the competition.
Milan Duric of Central Coast Mariners has hit the woodwork with three shots so far this A-League season, the joint-most of any player alongside Wellington Phoenix’s Ulises Dávila.