Round 24 Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners


Despite the claims of being mathematically alive in the league still Brisbane need a miracle to qualify for 5th straight year, starting tomorrow night against Central Coast.

In truth however, the focus should now be completely on the Champions League, with Brisbane closer to 8th placed Central Coast (5 points) than they are to 6th placed City (8 points).

After Frans Thijssen’s proclamation that the team played so well he didn’t need to make a sub in the weekends loss to Melbourne City, its expected that the same XI will take to the field once again.

The injured duo of Thomas Broich and Michael Theo, in addition to the returning national team players will likely be rested with one eye surely on the crunch ACL away fixture next week.

Expected Brisbane XI: Young, Bowles, North, Stefanutto, Hingert, Clut, Brattan, Lustica, Borrello, Solórzano, Petratos.
Substitutes: Chalmers, Jackson, Sarota, Brady, Kaluderovic.
Omitted: Nil.

Central Coast played reasonably well against the Victory on Friday night with former Brisbane duo Isaka Cernak and Nick Fitzgerald combining well in the front third. Given their solid performance, and a lack of alternatives, new coach Tony Walmsley is likely to keep things the same.

The one change that could occur would be at right back, if Storm Roux returns from National Team duty in time.

Expected Central Coast XI: Reddy, Morton, Bosnar, Anderson, J. Rose, Montgomery, Hutchinson, Caceres, Cernak, Ferreira, Fitzgerald.
Substitutes: Nash, Sim, Trifiro, L. Rose, Kalik.
Omitted: Griffiths, Major.

Recent form
Central Coast: LDLWD

Top Scorers
Henrique (8)
Central Coast: Fabio Ferreira, Matt Simon (3)

This season against Central Coast Mariners
Round 12
Central Coast Mariners (3) Bosnar 56’, Simon 63’, Seung-Yong 80’
Brisbane Roar (3) Solórzano 45’, 81’, Donachie 71’

Round 17
Central Coast Mariners (0)
Brisbane Roar (2) Solórzano 50’ (p.k), Kaluderovic 90+2 (p.k)

Four points out of six this season for Brisbane against Central Coast this season for the Roar, with an entertaining attacking display in round 12 reaping the points before a less entertaining 2-0 win just after the Asian Cup break.

Jean Carlos Solórzano has three goals in two games this season against the Mariners and looms as the key man tomorrow night. In eight previous games against CCM including his first stint, Solórzano has scored five times against Central Coast- all of those were in Gosford however.

All-time record against Central Coast Mariners



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