Preview - Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Yellow Army make some noise! Week 5 sees the Mariners tussle with Victory at Bluetongue Stadium. Your support could make all the difference…
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory Friday 3rd September 8:00pm Bluetongue Stadium
Yellow Army make some noise! Week 5 sees the Mariners tussle with Victory at Bluetongue Stadium. Your support could make all the difference
The non-stop singing from the Yellow Army at local rivals Sydney FC last week was crucial in helping secure Central Coast Mariners a valuable point. Such brilliant away support needs to be brought home this weekend as Mariners look to pass another stern test.
Patricio Perez-s game-changing debut substitute appearance against Sydney gave Mariners fans plenty to be cheerful about as they left Sydney Football Stadium with a well-deserved draw, but the fact remains that Graham Arnold-s men have still only taken two points from a possible nine since they won the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season curtain-raiser at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory, on the other hand, finally kick-started their season last week, chalking up their first win and, in doing so, leapfrogged Mariners in the ladder.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Victory-s win against Gold Coast United was that the defensive shutout was not only their first clean-sheet of the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season, but, in fact, the first time this season they have conceded less than two goals in a game.
Robbie Kruse-s lovely finish proved he is back from injury with a bang, and he is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance this weekend.
Victory enjoy coming to the Central Coast, having won in four of their seven visits, including an impressive 3-0 romp last season. However, Mariners need only look back to the clubs- previous meeting for a confidence boost.
Ask any member of the Yellow Army about their side-s most recent trip to the Etihad Stadium and they will give you a dewy-eyed account of an amazing 4-0 triumph last November.
This was Victory-s biggest ever home defeat and followed a similarly stunning 2-0 win for the Mariners in Melbourne on the opening day of last season. Home fans will be hoping the team can bring their fine away form against this weekend-s opponents back to the Bluetongue Stadium and push on up the ladder.
Passion in the stands means points on the pitch, so secure your ticket today and cheer your team to victory!
Full squad information and match details will be available at www.a-league.com.au on Thursday.