CENTRAL COAST V BRISBANE Saturday afternoon, Central Coast Stadium

When will the Central Coast break their winless run?

The Mariners are riding a 12-game winless streak dating back to last season with a Draw in the opening round the real highlight for them so far this term. They head into this off a 4-0 hiding at the hands of Sydney FC but similarly Brisbane were spanked by the same score in Newcastle.

Both teams have a reason to be fired up heading into this one.

DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS
Central Coast’s defence needs plenty of work.

Boasting the worst ‘Goals Against’ record last season with a whopping 70 finding the back of their net, they haven’t started this season any better. They are averaging 3.5 goals per game so far. In all fairness they have had to travel to Perth and then play a red-hot Sydney FC side.

Brisbane, on the other hand, held up quite well against the Victory in Round 1 but then conceded four to the Jets last week. That was a huge surprise considering Newcastle struggled to score more than one goal a game last season!

FIRST HALF STRUGGLES
Both sides have been notoriously slow starters this season. In fact, both of them have failed to score in the opening 45 minutes of play!

Brisbane has the side to put goals in the back of the net with the likes of Brett Holman and Tommy Oar but the only time they’ve troubled the scorer is in the 95th minute in Round 1 against Melbourne Victory.

DOMINANCE
One thing playing heavily in Brisbane’s favour is that they have won five straight against the Mariners, averaging three goals per game in their last six fixtures.

HOW IT PANS OUT
This could be decided by whether Brisbane can figure out how to win away from Suncorp Stadium or not. Last season they won just three times on the road.

Expect to see some fight from the Mariners as they play home for the first time this season.

Coach Paul Okon would’ve been keen to get his troops home after a tough start to the campaign and although beaten comprehensively by Sydney FC, they did play well in patches.

Brisbane will be boosted by the return of their skipper Matt McKay who was sent off in the opening round.

TIP: Central Coast – we are going for the upset and think that Brisbane’s struggles away will continue.

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5 – Under. Neither side seems to have clicked into gear yet.
Central Coast Mariners - 1pt @ 4.50