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Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC
Central Coast Stadium, 10 November, 2017
|Central Coast Mariners||Full Time||Sydney FC|
|3||SHOTS ON GOAL||1|
The Central Coast Mariners host Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium for Round 6 of the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEDT).
When you are still searching for your first win of the season, the last thing you need is the champions arriving at your door. Unfortunately for Central Coast, the search for an elusive three points does not get any easier tonight.
The Mariners will be kicking themselves for not picking up a win over the past two weeks. They failed to put the Victory away when they had them on the run, and will be frustrated at not getting on the scoresheet after some of the chances they created in last week’s game against Brisbane.
Surely Paul Okon is working his team on their finishing and attacking play, for it really is that area of the game where they are not clicking.
They are a good side in between the boxes but it’s at both ends of the pitch where they need to improve.
Daniel De Silva was in the thick of the action last week – here’s hoping he brought his shooting boots, after some wayward finishing last week. Connor Pain scored a cracking goal in the last game in Gosford and the Mariners will be looking for him to provide an attacking threat down the left wing. Consistently inconsistent would be a fair description of Pain but he does have moments of magic, as he showed against Victory – maybe a moment of magic will get the Mariners over the line tonight.
Sydney, on the other hand, picked up an ugly win last week away to potential title challengers Melbourne City. They say en route to winning a championship there will be times when the beauty of your football is irrelevant and winning a game when you’re not at your best is the real secret to success. So these are ominous signs for the rest of the league if that is the case, as Sydney showed how championship-winning teams get the job done.
Brandon O’Neill and Josh Brillante were dominant in the middle of the park and the Sky Blues will be looking to them to dictate the tempo to ensure Sydney control possession. If they get a grip on the game and start feeding the talented attacking options in their ranks, it could be a busy night for Mariners keeper Tom Glover.
Sydney to carry on where they left off last week – they simply have too much all over the park.
Sydney 3-1 Mariners