Round 17 Match Preview: Brisbane vs. Central Coast

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Round 17 concludes tomorrow with a 1st vs. 3rd clash between Brisbane and Central Coast, in what will be the 33rd meeting between the two sides. Brisbane have dominated this fixture down the years winning exactly half of the games between the two (16w, 10d, 6l), however four of the Mariners six wins have been here in Brisbane. Goal scorer wise, Brisbane have had a host of players score against the Mariners over the years, however Nichols and van Djik are tied at the top with 5 each. The Mariners best is injured forward Adam Kwasnik who has 7 goals against Brisbane.

Recent form:
Brisbane:
WDLWW
Central Coast: WWDDW

Top Scorer:
Brisbane:
Besart Berisha (6)
Central Coast: Marcos Flores (3)

Brisbane:
Brisbane played well once again last week against the Phoenix managing to snap their two match winless streak with goals from the debutant Clut and Brattan. This week however with Liam Miller back it’s likely that Clut will either be on the bench, or back in the youth team. Diogo Ferreira is expected to keep his place in the side this week ahead of Clut. Elsewhere with Berisha back available, it’s likely that Petratos will drop to the bench to accommodate the Albanian. Should Solórzano’s international clearance come through in time, he will likely replace Borrello in the side. McKay’s ankle is worse than expected and is likely to miss another couple of weeks, while Franjic was close to playing this week.

Expected Brisbane XI:
Theo, Hingert, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Ferreira, Brattan, Miller, Henrique, Berisha, Broich.
Substitutes: Acton, Donachie, Clut, Petratos, Borrello.
Omitted: Brown, McKay.

Central Coast:
The Mariners dismantled their F3 derby rivals in Newcastle last week with an impressive opening 45 minutes. Since the last meeting offcourse the Coast have made a coaching change with Phil Moss coming in to replace the departed Graham Arnold. Moss has claimed they are in a rebuilding phase, however they’re unbeaten in their last 5 and are making up ground on the Wanderers and Brisbane at the summit of the table. They will be without departed duo Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle) and Daniel McBreen (Shanghai SIPG), who will likely be replaced in the starting side by Marcel Seip and Anthony Caceres. It’s unlikely that new signing Eddy Bosnar would be rushed in for this match having only signed yesterday.

Expected Central Coast XI:
Reddy, Roux, Anderson, Seip, Rose, Montgomery, Hutchinson, Ibini, Caceres, Sterjovski, Simon.
Substitutes: Pasfield, Morton, Griffiths, Fitzgerald, Duke.
Omitted: Sainsbury, McBreen.

So far this season:
Round 5: Central Coast Mariners 0-1 Brisbane Roar (Yeboah 89’)

The first meeting was an interesting one with the Mariners coming out of the blocks the better side in the opening 15-20 minutes of the game, before Brisbane gradually got control of the ball and started to dominate the game. From then on the Mariners continued to gradually drop deeper and deeper in defence, but were managing to limit the opportunities for Brisbane reasonably well. The winner was something else though from Yeboah.

Tale of the tape:
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Kick-off tomorrow is at 4.00pm and the game can be seen on Fox Sports one for those who cant get to the ground.

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