Central Coast Mariners host Melbourne Victory at 6.00pm on Sunday evening needing a win to get their season back on track.
Alen Stajcic's Mariners have claimed some impressive scalps this season - including Perth Glory and Adelaide United - but have collected just three points from their last 15.
Failure to defeat Melbourne could see Mariners drop to the foot of the Hyundai A-League ladder, which would be a frustrating circumstance given the general nature of improvement in Gosford during 2019/20.
Opponents Victory are enjoying a mini resurgence that has seen Marco Kurz's side accumulate seven points from their last three fixtures and the chance to enter the top six this weekend should results fall their way should mean there is no shortage of motivation for the four-time Champions.
Sunday, 12 January 2020
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, 8.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 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, 26.Joshua NISBET, 27.Lewis MILLER, 29.Jair BRITTO, 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 7. Milan ÐURIĆ (Return from Injury), 8. Michael MCGLINCHEY (Promoted), 30. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (Promoted)
Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ola TOIVONEN, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 26.Jay BARNETT, 50.Brendan WHITE (gk) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Ola TOIVONEN (return from suspension), 19.Ben CARRIGAN (promoted), 25.Brandon LAUTON (promoted)
Outs: 5.Tim HOOGLAND (injured)
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder), 14.Thomas DENG (international duty)
Did you know?
- Melbourne Victory have won their last four Hyundai A-League games on the bounce against the Central Coast Mariners; there have been a total of 20 goals scored across that period, with the Victory outscoring the Mariners 14-6.
- Central Coast’s last Hyundai A-League win against Victory came in April 2013; they’ve managed just four draws in their 18 meetings since (L14).
- The Mariners have struck the woodwork seven times this Hyundai A-League campaign, more than any other team in the competition.
- Victory have kept five clean sheets so far this Hyundai A-League campaign, two more than any other team in the competition; no team has kept fewer than the Mariners’ (1).