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30 Mar 2018 by TSZ

A-League In Focus – Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners Preview

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When? Saturday 31st March, 07:35 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN

Are tickets still available?

Brisbane Roar & Central Coast Mariners - http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=GR2618

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Brisbane Roar W4, D1
A-League meetings: Brisbane Roar W26, Central Coast Mariners W7, D12

BRISBANE ROAR

Predicted line-up: Young; Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, Franjic; Kristensen, McKay; Bautheac, Ben Khalfallah, Holman; Maccarone

Unavailable: Theo (Injured), D'Agostino (Injured), DeVere (Injured), Papadopoulos (Injured), North (Injured)

Doubtful:

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Predicted line-up: Kennedy; McGing, Rowles, Baro; Roux, Melling, Buhagiar, Brama, J. Rose; Hoole, Pain

Unavailable: Hiariej (Injured), Golec (Injured), De Silva (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
Brisbane Roar have picked up seven points from their last nine and that upturn in form has found them just on the edge of the play-off spots as we go into this weekend’s fixtures. They will look to add another three points to their seasons tally when they play host to Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

The Mariners have lost their last three and with that any hopes they had of extending their season past the regular phase have now been extinguished. Not only that but due to the failure to finish in the top half dozen it has meant that Paul Okon has been sacked as manager of the club.

Wayne O’Sullivan comes in as the interim manager for the last three matches of the campaign, in a trio of matches that can only be described as dead rubbers. This will play into Brisbane Roar’s hands as they will look to take full advantage of the opportunity that has been presented to them. Anything less than a win will be disappointing and a hammer blow to their top six hopes.

MEMORABLE MEETING
A year ago this week saw the Brisbane Roar record an emphatic win over the Central Coast Mariners, with the home side running riot on their way to a comprehensive 5-1 victory. Jamie McClaren was undoubtedly the man of the match as his hat-trick not only set the Roar well on their way to all three points, but he would also go home with the match ball. A day to remember for the Roar, a day to forget for the Mariners.


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