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  • 24 March 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
  • Referee: K. Griffiths-Jones
  • • Attendance: 8069

A-League preview: Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners

A-League preview: Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners


The Mariners are looking to put a forgettable week behind them, but both teams are on the hunt for form ahead of the A-League finals Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA


Watson, Fyfe, Boogaard, Cassio
Barker-Daish, McKain, Vidosic
Ferreira, Djite, Ramsay


Bojic, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, Rose
Montgomery, Hutchinson, Bozanic
Ibini, McBreen, Sterjovski

The Central Coast Mariners will be eager to put their tumultuous week behind them when they visit Hindmarsh Stadium to tackle Adelaide United FC on Sunday.

While a 'recapitalisation' appears to have staved off doubts over the club's finances, players and staff reportedly considered industrial action after their monthly wages went unpaid.

Although the Mariners have been one of the A-League's most decorated sides in history, having won two Premiership Plates and qualifying for the finals in five of the competition's seven seasons, they have been plagued by financial trouble on more than one occasion.

On the pitch, Graham Arnold's team have won just two out of six matches in all competitions over the past four weeks.

They are sitting in second spot in the league table and five points behind leaders Western Sydney Wanderers.

Goals have also become hard to come by recently for the Mariners, who have found the back of the just twice in their last five games.

Mile Sterjovski and Pedj Bojic are among the possible inclusions for the visiting side, which does lose Michael McGlinchey [New Zealand] and Mat Ryan [Australia] to international duty.

Nevertheless, they would have regained some confidence following their hard-fought 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar last Sunday.

Adelaide, meanwhile, are fourth in the table on 40 points but have only won twice in their past nine games.

The Reds are bidding to return to form without captain and goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who - like Ryan - is on international duty with Australia.  Paul Izzo is likely to be his replacement.

Coach Michael Valkanis will also be missing playmaker Marcelo Carrusca after the Argentine strained his groin during last Friday's 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets.

However, Bruce Djite is back in the squad, with the combative striker close to fully recovering from his own groin trouble.

Portuguese winger Fabio Ferreira, who has appeared as a substitute in Adelaide's past two games, could make his first starting appearance this year on Sunday.

The Mariners have a brilliant record against the Reds, having won the past seven meetings between the two sides.

But their AFC Asian Champions League and domestic commitments have taken a heavy toll on the players, with manager Arnold confirming that he would have to juggle his squad carefully.

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