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  • 5 January 2014
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  • • Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
  • Referee: J. Gillett
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Mariners-Heart Preview: McGlinchey aiming to leave a winner

Mariners-Heart Preview: McGlinchey aiming to leave a winner

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McGlinchey will play his final game for the Mariners on Sunday joining former coach Graham Arnold at J-League club Vegalta Sendai on a season-long loan

Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Heart will meet in Round 13 of the 2013-14 A-League season at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday, January 5 at 5pm AEDT.

Head-to-head:
Played 10 – Win: Mariners 7, Heart 1, Draws 2

Previous encounter:
Heart 2-2 Mariners, October 19, 2013

Form:
Past five matches:
Mariners: WLWLW
Heart: LLLDD

The Game:
Central Coast Mariners returned to the winners' list thanks to Michael McGlinchey's 96th-minute strike on New Year's Eve. The New Zealand international found the back of the net in injury-time to lift Central Coast to a 2-1 win at home to Perth Glory. The match was shrouded in controversy, however, after Glory skipper Jacob Burns saw red for a second bookable offence. Victory ensured Phil Moss' men ended the year on a positive note, while consolidating fourth spot ahead of rivals Newcastle Jets, who are one point adrift.

It was another eventful week for cellar-dwellers Melbourne Heart after coach John Aloisi was relieved of his duties following the club's 1-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park. The loss, Heart's eight of the season, extended their winless start to the season after 12 rounds. Heart have also gone a total of 17 games without a victory. Aloisi, who claimed just eight wins in 39 games in charge, was replaced by Dutchman John van 't Schip on an interim basis. Van 't Schip was the club's inaugural coach for the 2010-11 campaign before departing the following season.

The big issue:
Mariners – Central Coast have failed to win back-to-back games this season. The Mariners have accounted for Perth Glory, Adelaide United, Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC but are yet to back up winning performances. Another issue for the reigning champions is the absence of Marcos Flores, who is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Heart – It's simple. Heart, who are nine points adrift at the foot of the table, need wins and fast. Interim coach van 't Schip has boldy targeted the A-League finals but wins are needed if they are to climb the ladder. Not only are Heart now 17 games without victory, their winless streak away from home stands at 19 games - a record for the competition.

The game breaker:
Harry Kewell – Heart are still searching for their first win of the season but they have shown some improvement since Kewell's return to the starting XI. The veteran forward, plagued by injury since the opening-round Melbourne derby, has started Heart's two most recent fixtures. And while he is yet to score a goal, his presence alone is enough to inspire his team-mates.

Prediction: Mariners 1-2 Heart
McGlinchey will play his final game for the Mariners before flying to Japan, where he will link up with former coach Graham Arnold at J-League club Vegalta Sendai on a season-long loan. Moss and the entire club will be hoping to send the Kiwi midfielder out a winner but their Melbourne opponents are set to break a few hearts, despite a poor record in Gosford.


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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne City

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
Central Coast Mariners FC Central Coast Mariners
Draw
Melbourne City FC MCT
Melbourne City FC Melbourne City
80%
20%

Top 3 Predictions

Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
2 - 0
Melbourne City FC MCT
Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
4 - 0
Melbourne City FC MCT
Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
1 - 4
Melbourne City FC MCT

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