A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
The two clubs have built a superb rivalry over the past few seasons, but it is the Mariners who hold clear favouritism in Friday's match at Suncorp Stadium
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
Franjic, North, Jurman, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Brattan, BroichHalloran, Berisha, Meyer
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
Anderson, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, RoseSterjovski, Hutchinson, Bozanic
Duke, McBreen, McGlinchey
This time around, Central Coast will be the hot favourites, sitting five points clear on top of the table, while Brisbane - with 10 losses in 18 games - are placed seventh.
The Roar snapped a three-game losing run with the 1-0 victory in Perth last Saturday, but were far from impressive.
Australia international Jade North could feature, after not being passed fit to play the past two matches. He could join fellow new signing Stef Nijland - a loan capture from PSV Eindhoven - in making his Roar debut.
Shane Stefanutto and Besart Berisha will return from suspension. Loan signing Steven Lustica came off the bench for 13 minutes in Perth and may be given a starting berth in defensive midfield.
Central defender James Donachie has been omitted.
Central Coast overcame Adelaide 3-1 last Friday in a game that should have been sewn up before half-time.
In the impressive performance, young striker Mitchell Duke scored a brace off the bench and has put his hand up for a starting position.
Promising central defender Trent Sainsbury, a late omission last week because of injury, may return to the line-up at the likely expense of Zach Anderson.
Anderson may be spared the axe due to the suspension of Pedj Bojic, while Nick Montgomery misses for the same reason and Nick Fitzgerald is absent due to an agreement between his current and former clubs that led to his early release.
Brisbane will be fired up to meet a traditional rival and a win against the Mariners could set their season back on track.
But the Mariners have such a settled-line up and are so well-drilled, one finds it hard to think how a lacklustre Brisbane attack is going to break it down.It will take an excellent attacking display from Brisbane to break down the Mariners' two banks of four and it remains to be seen if they are up to it.
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