Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City: match preview
Melbourne City could consign Central Coast Mariners to a piece of unwanted club history when the two sides meet in Gosford on Friday.
The Mariners’ narrow 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar last weekend was their ninth in succession, just one short of their previous worst run of 10 games during last season.
It’s been a frustrating period for Alen Stajcic’s side, who have often performed better than their results suggest but have seemingly forgotten how to win.
Amassing victory’s has not been an issue for Erick Mombaerts’ men for much of the 2019/20 Season, with City currently in second spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
City are seemingly over their mid-season slump, unbeaten in their last three games including Saturday night’s 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers.
If City are genuine finals contenders this season, then this is a road trip that should present few problems. But if they cannot take all three points, questions will continue to be asked if they have the mental strength to go all the way.
The kick-off time of this match has been brought forward to 5.30pm AEDT
Friday, 20 March 2020
Kick off: 5:30pm 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, 7.Milan ÐURIĆ, 8.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Tommy OAR, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 15.Kye ROWLES, 17.Sam SILVERA, 18.Gianni STENSNESS, 19.Matt SIMON, 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Jacob MELLING, 24.Chris HAROLD, 26.Joshua NISBET, 27.Lewis MILLER, 29.Jair BRITTO, 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ
**2-4 to be omitted**
In: 10.Tommy OAR (Return from Injury), 15.Kye ROWLES (Return from Injury), 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (Promoted)
Out: 11.Daniel DESILVA (Injured)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 14.Markel SUSAETA, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (returns from suspension), 20.Adrian LUNA (returns from suspension)
Unavailable: 5.Jack HENDRY (knee), 40.Richard WINDBICHLER (hamstring)
Did you know?
- Melbourne City have lost only one of their last 13 Hyundai A-League matches against Central Coast Mariners, winning nine and drawing three. That one loss came the last time the Mariners hosted this fixture, 2-1, in Round 12, 2018/19.
- The Central Coast Mariners have lost their last nine Hyundai A-League games in a row. A 10th consecutive loss would equal their longest ever stretch in the competition and the second-longest of any team in A-League history. New Zealand Knights lost 11 straight in 2005.
- Melbourne City have won three of their last five Hyundai A-League matches in New South Wales, losing two, despite leading at halftime only once in that span.
- Melbourne City have conceded 14 set piece goals this season, more than any other team; meanwhile, the Central Coast Mariners (55%) are the only team to have scored more than half of their goals via set pieces this campaign.
- Melbourne City striker Jamie Maclaren has been directly involved in 19 goals this season (15 goals, 4 assists). That's more than any other player and nearly four times as many as any Central Coast Mariners player. Their best is Milan Djuric with five – four goals and one assist.