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  • 27 December 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Referee: P. Green
  • • Attendance: 16887

A-League preview: Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners

A-League preview: Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners


Few will forget the carnage that ensued last time the two sides met, and it is hard to go past the Mariners again when they clash on Thursday Indonesia   By GOAL.COM


Ryall, Bosschaart, Griffiths, Fabio
Emerton, Culina, Grant
Abbas, Del Piero, Yau


Anderson, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, Rose
Montgomery, Hutchinson, McGlinchey
Rogic, McBreen, Ibini

Sydney FC players must still be having nightmares from their meeting with the Central Coast Mariners earlier this season.

On that occasion, the Sky Blues were on the end of an embarrassing 7-2 drubbing and they seem to have lurched from one crisis to another ever since, while the Mariners are enjoying a nine-game unbeaten run. It means this clash brings together two sides at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Sydney are low on confidence, running dead last and six points adrift of the top six, while Graham Arnold's side look almost invincible at the top of the A-League league.

The Mariners have been dealt a blow, however, with tireless right-back Pedj Bojic to miss the match through suspension. Zac Anderson or Brent Griffiths are the most likely replacements.

The Sky Blues will again be without defender Pascal Bosschaart, but Jason Culina has been named in the squad. Skipper Terry McFlynn has been battling a virus but should play.

Panama international Yairo Yau has been a rare bright spot for Sydney and should start in a more central position in this one, given the trouble he caused the Jets when switched to that role after 25 minutes in Saturday's 2-1 loss.

But despite the arrival of Frank Farina as coach, the Sky Blues have troubles all over the park.

They are still leaking too many soft goals, do not have enough movement off the ball and cannot seem to create too much unless it comes from the classy touches of Alessandro Del Piero.

But the main area for concern for Farina must be his side's inability to maintain possession.

Far too many times this season the Sky Blues have worked hard to win the ball only to lack ideas in the middle of the park and give it right back to the opposition.

One way to stop the amount of goals conceded is to keep the ball for long periods. If the opposition do not have the ball they cannot score.

Exacting that against the Mariners, however, is one of the A-League's biggest challenges.

The Mariners simply look too skilful, too confident and too strong all over the park.

Complacency seems the only thing that might bring them undone but Arnold will not allow that to set in, especially in a fixture with Sydney FC.

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