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A-League boss hoping for improved Gold Coast crowd

A-League chief Archie Fraser is hoping for a much-improved Gold Coast United crowd as they host a minor semi-final this Saturday.

Skilled Park has experienced just one 10,000-plus crowd this season but the average is a paltry 5,381 and the A-League hierarchy has fingers crossed that the prestige of a semi-final may bring the punters to Robina as United take on the Newcastle Jets.

"We'd like to think that with the match being a semi-final, we can get a crowd of 10,000 there," Fraser said.

"We want the Gold Coast public to really get behind their team and this is the chance for them to show their support."

Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg was focused on other things rather than the crowd and believes that one of three sides will take out this season's title. He is confident his team will get the job done against the Jets this weekend.

"I believe that with us, Sydney and Melbourne, anybody can win on any given day," Bleiberg said.

"You can't ask for more. You're playing a team that's out of form, with a lot of injuries, and at home.

"I'm comfortable to be a good coach, to be favourites . . . why not? Life is fun.

"I hate this underdog stuff. All the Aussies like to be underdogs, (but) I like to be favourites."

Andrew Slevison
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