Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale FC recently visited Central Coast ahead of their clash with the Mariners in April.
They were impressed with what they saw.
"This seaside town is very beautiful," Kawasaki coach Yamagishi Shigeru said through a translator.
"We have not done much research on the Mariners yet but we are expecting a tough game when we come here in April.
"We want to get a good result. Ever since our club was formed in 1996 we've set high standards," Shigeru added.
"Our players are very motivated and have a big challenge ahead of them. I know the Mariners finished premiers last year and they will be tough to beat."