We’re heading to Gosford on Saturday afternoon eyeing a second-straight Hyundai A-League win in what would continue a long-standing unbeaten record against the Mariners.
The Roar are undefeated in its last 16 meetings with the Central Coast, dating back to 2014, earning 12 wins in that span.
A fifth win of the season would see Robbie Fowler’s men climb into the top six & we’ve crunched the numbers ahead of a big Saturday evening in Gosford.
Overall: Played 46 – Roar win: 22, draw: 13, Mariners win: 7
In Gosford: Played 22 – Roar win 14, draw: 6, Mariners win: 2
The most common scoreline in Mariners-Roar meetings is a 1-0 Roar win, which has happened on seven occasions. 5+ goals have been scored on four occasions in this fixture – all four by the Roar with the most recent trip to Gosford finishing in a 5-3 win late last season.
The Mariners have struggled at both ends of the pitch, conceding the second-most goals (24) whilst also scoring the second-fewest (13). They’ve picked up just three points from the seven occasions they have conceded first, while only Western United have secured more points after trailing 1-0 than Brisbane.
Likewise, the Roar are undefeated (W2, D1) when scoring first.
Only Adelaide United has scored more goals inside the first half-hour than the Mariners, but it’s the final 30 minutes where Robbie Fowler’s men thrive. Dylan Wenzel-Halls’ 69th minute strike against the Phoenix was the side’s 10th in the final half-hour of a game this campaign – more than any other side.
Only the Phoenix has passed at a better accuracy than the Roar this season (82.3%). The Roar’s 6877 passes is the second-most of any team in the league with Jay O’Shea proving to be quite creative when he’s the one with the ball at his feet. No player has made more passes in the opposition half than the Irishman this season & his 46 chances created is comfortably a league high.
O’Shea’s teammates in defensive duo Scott Neville & Macaulay Gillesphey also find themselves in the league’s top 10 passers.