Preview: Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

Get ready for a Super Sunday as Jets and Mariners go toe-to-toe in another F3 derby! Can Newcastle get back to winning ways, or will Mariners emerge victorious?

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 23rd October, 5:00pm

Get ready for a Super Sunday as the Jets and Mariners go toe-to-toe in another F3 derby! Can Newcastle get back to winning ways, or will Mariners emerge victorious?

Ausgrid Stadium plays host to one of the fieriest rivalries in the Hyundai A-League this Sunday. With the Yellow Army sure to make the short journey up the freeway in huge numbers, the Squadron is going to need to be in full voice.

It's set to be a big crowd and a fine atmosphere. A couple of weeks ago, over 12,000 fans were treated to a five-goal thriller. What's in store this time round? One thing is for certain. The crowd is set to be even bigger and the noise levels even louder. So make sure you are a part of the action.

The Jets will need their vociferous home support to be right behind them as they look to get back to winning ways after a disappointing trip to New Zealand last Sunday, where goals in each half from Tim Brown and Daniel dealt them a 2-0 defeat.

Having made three changes to his starting line-up for that loss, Jets caretaker manager Craig Deans may consider tinkering again for this vital derby tussle.

The Mariners go into the local clash awaiting their first win of the campaign. Having lost to Roar on the first weekend of the season, it took a late header from stand-in skipper Patrick Zwaanswijk to snatch a late 1-1 draw with Gold Coast United at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Saturday night.

However, while they have yet to record a victory, it is surely only a matter of time. Despite losing they dealt admirably enough with an excellent Brisbane side in Week 1, while last Saturday they dominated possession and showed plenty of spirit in their home match against the Gold Coast.

Their up-tempo game was impressive and the players looked comfortable on the ball so, once they manage to convert their chances, someone is surely going to get a tonking. Will it come this Sunday?

The Jets didn't manage a single victory against Mariners last season. An early draw was followed by two wins for their rivals. Over the 23 tussles that they have been involved in throughout the duration of the Hyundai A-League, they trail seven wins to eight (with eight draws), but with the visitors winless so far this campaign, this could be the perfect time for them to pull level.

It's the first F3 derby of the season! Who will land the important first blow? Can the Mariners return to the Central Coast with their first win, or will the points remain at Ausgrid Stadium? Get a ticket today and make sure you are part of a big crowd on a sensational Sunday as two local rivals do battle!