The Mariners need to regain momentum heading into the A-League finals, while Heart need points to sew up a top-six spot
Marrone, Colosimo, Good, Goodwin
Germano, Fred, Thompson,
Dugandzic, Babalj, Worm
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
Bojic, Wilkinson, Zwaanswijk, Rose
McGlinchley, Griffiths, Rogic, HutchinsonSutton, Kwasnik
Melbourne Heart will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2012 when they host Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Sunday.
Heart won their first game of the year last Friday against bottom-side Gold Coast United, and they will be looking to pick up another three points at home against the first-placed Mariners.
Melbourne Heart captain Fred and midfielder Matt Thompson returned to action against Gold Coast after several weeks out due to injury and helped inspire their side to a win.
It is no secret Heart missed their captain, having only picked up two points in the six games he missed.
Heart are sitting fifth on the table, just two points above seventh-placed Newcastle Jets. A win could bring them level on points with fourth-placed Wellington Phoenix.
With three of their last five games at home, Heart need to make AAMI Park a fortress if they are to secure a maiden A-League finals place.
But Central Coast are no easy task, with Heart having never beaten the Mariners in their short time in the competition.
In the five times these two sides have faced each other, the Mariners have won four, with the other ending in a draw.
The Mariners come into the clash having picked up four points out of a possible 12, including a loss at this very venue just two weeks ago.
The Mariners defeated Heart 1-0 when the two sides last met, in January, thanks to a late goal by Adam Kwasnik. It came despite Heart largely controlling the clash.
Mat Ryan is likely to be back in goal for the Mariners, having returned from Australia Under-23 duty. He was in stunning form when the clubs last met.
This time, even more is on the line, as Heart push for a top-six finish and the Mariners attempt to keep their buffer at the top of the table.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Central Coast conceded three goals for the first time since January 2011 in the draw with Gold Coast on Wednesday.
- The Mariners have conceded the least amount of goals this season and have scored the second most.
- Melbourne Heart have only picked up five points in 2012.
- In the history of the A-League, Central Coast have won more games away than they have lost.
- Mariners right-back Pedj Bojic holds the record for earliest yellow card in the A-League, going into the book just eleven seconds into Heart's first-ever game in the competition.