Sitting eighth and seventh respectively on the Hyundai A-League ladder, a win will boost one of these sides' finals run. This should be an intriguing battle with a possible debut for the home side's new signing Fabio Ferreira.
Friday, 13 February 2015
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-Off: 7.40pm (Local) (7.40pm AEDST)
Central Coast Mariners 1.Matthew NASH (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 5.Zac ANDERSON, 7.John HUTCHINSON (c), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Liam REDDY (gk), 14.Travis MAJOR, 15.Matt SIM, 16.Liam ROSE, 18.Glen TRIFIRO, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Anthony KALIK, 25.Eddy BOSNAR, 26.Fabio FERREIRA
***two to be omitted***
Ins 5.Zac ANDERSON (promoted), 18.Glen TRIFIRO (promoted), 26.Fabio FERREIRA (promoted)
Outs 9.Mitchell DUKE (transferred to Shimizu S-Pulse)
Unavailable 17.Richard VERNES (shoulder – indefinite), 21.Michael NEILL (foot – indefinite)
Brisbane Roar 1.Michael THEO, 2.Jerome POLENZ, 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 4.Adam SAROTA, 5.Corey BROWN, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 9.ANDRIJA Kaluderovic, 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY (c), 18.Luke BRATTAN, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 34.Shannon BRADY
Ins 9.ANDRIJA Kaluderovic (promoted), 34.Shannon BRADY (promoted)
Outs 14.Daniel BOWLES (omitted), 20.Kofi DANNING (omitted)
Unavailable: 6.George LAMBADARIDIS (knee – two weeks), 10.HENRIQUE (calf – two weeks), 23.Dimitri PETRATOS (knee – three weeks)
TV – Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT), Live Coverage on SBS HD & SBS One from 7.30pm AEDT and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
Radio - 92.5 ABC Central Coast, Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app. Coast FM 96.3 (Central Coast)
Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referee 1 Sarah Ho
Assistant Referee 2 James Tesoriero
Fourth Official Chris Young
Central Coast got out of jail to beat Adelaide last weekend, scoring twice in four minutes late on to snatch a win that never really looked like coming. Brisbane were similarly lucky to have taken all three points just a little bit further up the F3 at Newcastle thanks to a stoppage-time winner.
Having ridden their luck last time out, both coaches will be demanding much more which should make for a cracking contest in Gosford. The Mariners are just three points behind Roar – who have a game in hand – on the ladder and therefore will hope to make the most of home ground advantage here.
With Mitchell Duke moving on to J-League club Shimizu S-Pulse this week, Mariners boss Phil Moss will be forced into at least one change from the side that beat Adelaide. Fabio Ferreira is available and is likely to take a spot in the starting XI. Zac Anderson is also available again after recovering from a back problem.
New Roar signing Andrija Kaluderovic has been named by coach Frans Thijssen for the first time but might have to settle for a spot on the bench, with Jean Carlos Solorzano scoring twice in each of the last two matches.
OPTA DATA STATS
-Brisbane Roar has lost just two of their previous 17 trips to Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League (D5 W10).
-Seven of the last eight goals that Brisbane Roar has scored against CCM have arrived in the second half of games.
-Roar has won their last two Hyundai A-League games – they have not won three in a row since December 2013 (four wins in a row).
-The Mariners have failed to score in the first half in five of their last six Hyundai A-League games.
ROUTE TO GOAL
Roar have benefited big time since Thomas Broich’s return from injury since the Hyundai A-League’s resumption after the Asian Cup. Of the five goals they have scored, the German has set up four of them. Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano also seems to have find form at just the right time, bagging goals in the last two games. Goals have been hard to come by for the Mariners this season with just 15 from 16 matches. They will need striker Matt Simon to rediscover his scoring boots, without a goal since the last time these two sides met back in December.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Fabio Ferreira. The ex-Adelaide flyer is set to make his Mariners debut after a “gentleman’s agreement” kept him out of the win over the Reds last weekend. With Mitch Duke leaving the club for the J-League this week, Ferreira is expected to come straight in on the right flank and is the type of player the Mariners have been crying out for. Quick, direct with a good cross and eye for goal, the Portuguese winger will relish getting at either Shane Stefanutto or Corey Brown in the Roar side. Matt Simon could also benefit greatly by having an out-and-out winger in the home line-up.