Sydney FC are undefeated in their last eight games against the Mariners (W7, D1), scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game across that period.
Here are a few more facts ahead of the two teams' clash on Friday night at Allianz.
1: Of Sydney FC’s 45 goals this season, 31 have come after the half-time break at 68%. But Paul Okon’s men are the second half specialists, with 76% (20 out of 26) of their goals in the last 45 minutes.
2: Central Coast have conceded 12 goals from dead-ball situations this season, only F3 rivals Newcastle Jets (13) have a poorer record in that department. Conversely, the Sky Blues have proved to be quite proficient from set-pieces, with 10 of their 45 goals coming from that avenue, while letting in just four at the other end.
3: Central Coast are undefeated in their last four away games against New South Wales opposition; they have never enjoyed a longer streak in such fixtures.
4: Sydney FC have now kept 12 clean sheets, twice as many as any other team in the competition.
5: The Mariners have been shown just 39 yellow cards so far this season, fewer than any other team; though only two teams (Wanderers 5, Melbourne City 4) have been awarded more red cards than the Mariners (3).
6: Newly called up Caltex Socceroos Danny Vukovic and Rhyan Grant are the only players to have been involved in every one of Sydney FC’s competition-high 12 clean sheets so far this season.
7: Roy O’Donovan has scored in three of his last five games against Sydney FC, though each of his goals have come when the Mariners hosted the Sky Blues.