Weekly warm up: Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners

What a Wednesday at AAMI Park! Experience a thrilling clash of the titans as Heart and Mariners go into battle!

What a Wednesday at AAMI Park! Experience a thrilling clash of the titans as Heart and Mariners go into battle!

It's the big one! Melbourne Heart take on title rivals Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park in a midweek match-up that will set pulses racing!

These two sides have both performed with style and - aside from the occasional blip - impressive consistency this season, so their coming together represents a real mouth-watering affair.

Can Heart strike a blow to their rivals' title hopes or will the Central Coast simply have too much for John van 't Schip's men? The best place to find out the answer is at AAMI Park, so buy your ticket today and experience the very best in Hyundai A-League action live!

The home side will be out for revenge over the ladder leaders after losing in Gosford in heartbreaking fashion earlier in the season. After now-departed talisman Matt Simon had put the Mariners in front in first-half injury-time, the visitors rallied brilliantly in the second-half to equalise through Eli Babalj in the 78th minute.

It would have been a well-earned point for John van 't Schip's side but the Yellow and Navy still had another gear to slip into, and secured all three points with a penalty from veteran Daniel McBreen and a Patrick Zwaanswijk header.

Even minus Matt Simon, the Mariners showed just what a tough nut they are to crack on the road this season in their last away game. Their performance in the local derby at Sydney Football Stadium was one of utter professionalism. T

hey got in front early and then made sure - while they probed for the match-killing second - that they remained tight at the back. In the end, a single goal was enough to settle it. While the display lacked their usual spark, it was the kind of win that champions produce - digging out the points through hard work.

The result of this game could have huge implications on the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season.

Can the Central Coast stamp out the threat of Melbourne, or will Heart send a message to the Yellow Army with three points that say, “we are coming to get you”? Whatever, there is no doubt that this match will be an amazing spectacle, as fine football combines with the desperate battle for a vital victory. Simply, put you'd be crazy to miss this match-up, as two of the best footballing forces in Australia go head-to-head!

Aside from the Melbourne derbies and Heart's landmark debut appearance in the Hyundai A-League last season, this is surely one of the biggest matches so far in the club's short history, so get yourself down to AAMI Park and get right behind your side in this crucial clash.

This match-up represents Hyundai A-League action at its very best and your support is vital. It's going to be a titanic battle!