Round 17 Match Preview: Central Coast Mariners vs. Brisbane Roar

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After a gritty if unspectacular win away to Newcastle last Friday, it’s likely that Thijssen will stick largely with the side that brought him a second win on the bounce.

With results going their way last weekend, Brisbane will have the chance to move into the top six tomorrow night with a win, a spot they would stand a decent chance of holding for the remainder of the weekend with nearest rival Melbourne City travelling to Wellington. A loss however would see Central Coast draw level on points in the hunt for a top 3 berth.

The one big decision that he will have to make is at left back, where he must decide if Corey Brown retains his place after his slip last week, with the experienced Shane Stefanutto waiting in the wings.

The rest of the side picks itself, with Andrija Kaluderovic expected to be named amongst the substitute’s tomorrow night and in line to make his debut.

Expected Brisbane XI: Theo, Polenz, North, Donachie, Stefanutto, Sarota, Brattan, McKay, Borrello, Solórzano, Broich.
Substitutes: Young, Brown, Lustica, Brady, Kaluderovic.

Central Coast are also coming off a less than convincing win and Phil Moss will likely also stick with the side which brought him a much needed three points.

The departed Mitchell Duke, whose headed to Japan will likely be replaced by new signing Fabio Ferreira, who missed last weeks game against his former club Adelaide due to an agreement between the clubs.

Other than that it’s expected to be the same side, with Moss once again turning to youth in the shape of Liam Rose and Anthony Kalik to turn the game in his favour off the bench if required.

Expected Central Coast XI: Reddy, Roux, Poscoliero, Bosnar, Rose, Fitzgerald, Hutchinson, Caceres, Ferreira, Fitzgerald, Simon.
Substitutes: Nash, Sim, Kalik, Rose, Major.
Omitted: Anderson, Trifiro.

Recent form
Brisbane: WWLDD
Central Coast: WLWDD

Top Scorer
Brisbane: Henrique (7)
Central Coast: Matt Simon/ Mitch Duke (3)

This Season
Round 12: Central Coast Mariners  3-3 Brisbane Roar

The first meeting between these two sides this season was a game of two halves with the first a drab, dull affair between two sides that were struggling for form at the time.

That was until Jean Carlos Solórzano popped up for his first goal in the league this season right on the stroke of half time, sending the visitors to the locker rooms in front.

The second half in contrast was a shootout, with five goals in under half an hour, an quite astonishing run given the home side hadn’t scored at home since round 2 – and that was an own goal.

The goal rush started with Eddy Bosnar and Matt Simon scoring either side of the hour mark, before James Donachie brought Brisbane back level from a corner with 20 minutes to play.

Central Coast thought they were on track for the first home win since round 1 when Korean Kim Seung-Yong scored with just 10 minutes left, before Solórzano stepped up again just two minutes later to round out the scoring.

All-time record with Central Coast Mariners:

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A win tonight will see Brisbane enter the A-League’s top six for the first time in almost three months, although their stay will depend on other results this weekend. Kick-off in Gosford is set down for 6.40pm, with live coverage on both SBS and Fox.

Elsewhere this weekend, the Brisbane NYL side round out a busy week with their final home game of the season against FFA Centre of Excellence on Sunday. A 1-1 draw with Western Sydney midweek stalls the Roar’s bid to win the youth league for the first time, but with the top two meeting each other this round there’s a chance to regain some ground. Kick-off is set for 11.00am on Sunday morning at Perry Park.
 

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