The Best of the Day preview finds the back of the net for a huge A-League showdown between high-flying Central Coast Mariners and in-form Brisbane Roar.
19:05 (AEST) @ Central Coast Stadium
History: Played 47: Brisbane 32 V Central Coast 7 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: March 13, 2020: Brisbane 1 d Central Coast 0 at Suncorp Stadium
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down a crunch A-League clash as Central Coast Mariners look to reclaim top spot on the ladder and Brisbane Roar strive to stay in the playoffs picture.
The Roar are on a remarkable 18-match unbeaten run against the Mariners, winning 14. This is the clubs’ first encounter this season, however, and the Mariners are a far different proposition to recent years.
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) April 25, 2021
Central Coast sit third with nine wins and four draws from their 18 games. A victory here would catapult the reigning wooden spooners back to top spot.
But the Mariners have won only one of their last seven. They went down to Western United 1-0 last weekend and drew 2-all at home to Sydney FC on Saturday after giving up a two-goal lead. Matthew Simon bagged his eighth goal of the season against the Sky Blues.
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) April 26, 2021
The Roar are ninth with six wins and five draws to their credit, but they have played an A-League-low 15 games – meaning they have games in hand to reel in the current top-six.
After enduring an eight-match winless streak, Brisbane have won their last two. Warren Moon’s side toppled Macarthur FC and Western Sydney Wanderers by 2-1 scorelines on the road.
The ball from Joey Champness 😍
The winner from @riku_dan1121 👌
— Brisbane Roar FC (@brisbaneroar) April 16, 2021
Their scheduled match against the Glory on Sunday was postponed due to Perth’s snap lockdown.
Japanese import Riku Danzaki scored for the Roar in both wins, as well as the preceding draw against WSW. Dylan Wenzel-Halls is one ahead as the team’s leading scorer with seven goals.
— Brisbane Roar FC (@brisbaneroar) April 26, 2021
The Mariners are unbeaten in their last seven games at Central Coast Stadium. The Roar boast a more-than-handy 4-2-2 away record.
Central Coast are on a four-day turnaround, while Brisbane’s 12-day break between games may stunt their momentum slightly. There’s solid Best of the Day value in the overs options, but I’m leaning towards the Mariners at home – though it would not surprise to see these sides finish all locked up.