The Mariners were the only side to win on the opening weekend, narrowly edging Melbourne Heart away from home, and Graham Arnold’s men will take plenty from that performance.
Central Coast were disciplined in their game plan under Arnold and will need to be on their game again when a determined Adelaide United come to town.
The Reds are fired up to avenge for last season’s wooden spoon and although they did not get the result they were after against Newcastle Jets last week, a scoreless draw was enough to kickstart their season of redemption and they will come to Gosford ready to play.
However, I believe this match has a 0-0 draw written all over it as the Mariners don’t seem to have too much zing in attack and the Reds laboured through the midfield last week causing little ado up front.
Verdict: 0-0 draw.
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
Date: Sunday, 15 August 2010
Venue: Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Local kick-off: 3.00pm
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 16): Central Coast Mariners wins 5, Adelaide United wins 6 (5 draws)
Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1. Jess VANSTRATTAN (gk), 2 Daniel MCBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Brad PORTER, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Patricio PEREZ, 11. Oliver BOZANIC, 12. Matthew LEWIS, 14. Michael McGLINCHEY, 18. Alex WILKINSON (c), 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Mathew RYAN (gk), 23. Adam KWASNIK *two to be omitted*
In: 3. Joshua ROSE (transfer clearance), 10. Patricio PEREZ (return from injury)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 15.Francsco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON
In: Marcos FLORES (returns from injury)
Out: Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle – 4/6 weeks)
Unavailable: Robert CORNTHWAITE (groin – 1 week), Travis DODD (groin – 7 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee – indefinite), Fabian BARBIERO (ankle – 4 weeks)