Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC: match preview

It’s top versus bottom as Sydney FC travel to play the Central Coast Mariners seeking to main their history-making form.

Steve Corica’s runaway Hyundai A-League leaders have ran up 13 wins from 15 matches in 2019/20 and have an all-time record points tally of 40 at this stage of a season.

The Sky Blues already have more points in 2019/20 than the Mariners have collected in the past three campaigns combined, so the numbers suggest a lopsided encounter in Gosford.

However, Alen Stajcic’s side have flashed at times this season – already equalling their points tally from last campaign (13) – and they ran Sydney FC close in their Round 10 encounter, which Corica's side took 1-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

But the Mariners currently find themselves on a five-match losing streak so they will need to take advantage of any tiredness from Sydney FC's AFC Asian Champions League excursions in Japan against Yokohama F. Marinos on Wednesday night. 

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Sunday, 23 February 2020
Kick-off: 6pm AEDT
Venue: Central Coast Stadium Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports

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Did you know?

  • Sydney FC have lost only one of their last 16 Hyundai A-League games against Central Coast Mariners (W12, D3) and are undefeated in their last six meetings (W4, D2).
  • The Mariners have led at halftime in four of their last seven Hyundai A-League games against Sydney FC; however, they’ve picked up just one win from those four games (D2, L1).
  • The Sky Blues have a shooting accuracy of 56.3% this Hyundai A-League season – the highest of any team. Indeed, only once in the last eight seasons have they had a higher shooting accuracy (56.6% in 2017/18).
  • Only Western United FC (12) have conceded the opening goal of the game on more occasions this Hyundai A-League campaign than Central Coast (11); The Mariners have gained just three points from those 11 games (W1, L10).

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