Round 25 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Central CoastPosted: April 1, 2017
After guaranteeing finals football for a seventh successive season, Brisbane’s quest for a home final continues this weekend with a home game against bottom placed Central Coast Mariners on Sunday evening.
Given last night’s result which saw Perth drop points away to Adelaide and a superior goal difference, Brisbane have the chance to all but sew up a top four spot by moving six points clear of the Glory with just two games to play.
While last week’s 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory wasn’t the biggest, it was an important step and should give the Roar confidence moving into the finals series after picking up their first win against one of the league’s top two this season.
What have they done lately?
Central Coast Mariners have been considerably more competitive this season however with just three rounds remaining they find themselves in position to pick up their second successive wooden spoon. A 3-2 home defeat to Adelaide United also extended Central Coast’s winless streak to five games.
This season against Central Coast Mariners
Round 3- Central Coast 0-1 Brisbane
Round 11- Central Coast 1-2 Brisbane
Recent Form Brisbane- WLWLD
Central Coast- LLLDL
Brisbane- Jamie Maclaren (15)
Central Coast- Roy O’Donovan (11)
The biggest and perhaps only question for John Aloisi this weekend is which of his central defenders will be left out, with Jade North, Avram Papadopoulos and Luke DeVere all fighting for starting positions. Last week it was Papadopoulos and DeVere who got the chance and the duo combined well, however North was named captain in the squad lists during the week so it will be very interesting to see who Aloisi ultimately settles on.
Brisbane Roar- Young, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, Caletti, Holman, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Bilic, Papadopoulos, Pepper, Brady, D’Agostino.
Omitted- Crestani, Arana.
Central Coast will be missing club captain Nick Montgomery this weekend after he picked up an eighth yellow card last week in the loss to Adelaide, which likely means a start for youngster Adam Berry whose amongst the latest graduates of the Central Coast youth setup.
Outside of that Paul Okon will likely name a similar side to last week, with Liam Rose continuing his transformation as a central defender, while out of contract Kwabena Appiah will likely get another chance to impress after scoring last week. All focus however will surely be on Roy O’Donovan, who has been linked in the media with a move to Brisbane next season.
Central Coast Mariners- Izzo, Roux, Ascroft, Rose, Galloway, McGing, Berry, Ferreira, Appiah, Pain, O’Donovan.
Substitutes- Necevski, Faty, Whyte, Buhagiar, Bingham.
Omitted- Neill, Whyte.
All-Time Record against Central Coast Mariners