Can the Mariners finally beat Brisbane?

Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners do battle this week as both sides search for their first victory of the season. Both sides can take positives away from their respective Round 4 draws but it’s John Aloisi’s men who should feel more confident. For the Mariners playing Brisbane is a daunting task, regardless if it’s at home or away. It has been a while since the Mariners last beat the Roar, a 2-0 win in April 2014, and a lot has changed at the club since.

Come kick off it would’ve been 1303 days since goals from Nick Fitzgerald and Anthony Caceres earned Central Coast a 2-0 win over Brisbane, weeks before the latter won their third championship in four seasons. This fixture has taken place nine times and the Roar have come out on top eight of those times. Those eight victories have come in the past eight fixtures.

Brisbane have outscored the Mariners 26 to 7 since their last loss to their old rivals. They have won 6-1, 4-0, and 5-1 which was their most recent meeting. They have also won 2-1 twice, 1-0 twice, 2-1 and 2-0. In 2014-15 the sides played out a 3-3 draw in Gosford.

The Mariners have signed 39 players to the club, and 48 players have left the club. Only Joshua Rose and Storm Roux remain in the club from that win.

The streak has plagued three Central Coast head coaches. Phil Moss was in charge that night in April 2014 but drew and loss his next two matches. Tony Walmsley loss all four matches against Brisbane, and so far Paul Okon has lost all three matches.

Brisbane has played the Mariners 43 times, the most they have played against an opponent, and they have also won 26 matches with percentage of 60.47, which is also the most success they have had against an opponent.

Obviously it’s the opposite for the Mariners, they have only won seven matches against Brisbane and their 16.28 winning percentage is the lowest they have against an opponent. They have only won at Suncorp Stadium five times from 22 matches.

Okon has a lot of work to do to break this streak, thankfully for them the Roar side they are meeting are also winless this season and this could be the end of their three-year winless streak against Brisbane.

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