Lewis set for another crack

History is repeating itself for exciting Central Coast Mariners youngster Matthew Lewis.

History is repeating itself for exciting Central Coast Mariners youngster Matthew Lewis.

Lewis is all set to get a Hyundai A-League call-up when the Mariners tackle competition leaders Melbourne at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Saturday night.

Coach Lawrie McKinna confirmed Lewis would come into the squad after Kiwi international Michael McGlinchey was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Lewis, a left midfielder, made his Hyundai A-League starting debut when the Mariners belted Melbourne 4-0 at Etihad Stadium the last time the two teams met.

He was strong in defence and dangerous in attack. It was a performance that delighted McKinna.

Now Lewis is set to get another chance to show he has what it takes to make an impact against the table-topping Victory.

"He got a shot last time and took it," McKinna said.

"Matty is a good chance this week."

McKinna is hopeful McGlinchey will only miss a week. He suffered the ankle injury early in last week's loss to the Gold Coast and played on.

Meanwhile, McKinna is expecting a fired up Melbourne to make the trek to the Central Coast.

In two meetings this year the Mariners have scored six goals and won both matches at Etihad Stadium.

"We beat them twice at their home ground so we know they'll be desperate to beat us at our ground," he said.

He pinpointed attacking stars Archie Thompson and Carlos Hernandez and fearless defender Kevin Muscat as his team's biggest dangermen.