Phoenix Firing Ahead Of Mariners Clash

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Jeremy Brockie hasn't scored since round four. Image courtesy of fourfourtwo.com/Getty Images

An understrength and under fire Central Coast Mariners travel to the ‘Cake Tin’ to take on a Wellington Phoenix team that has risen from the ashes in recent weeks to record three successive wins - their best run in the competition for two years. Conversely, the Mariners have recorded a mixed bag of recent results, leaving the reigning champions treading water 10 points off league leader Brisbane Roar and three points from dropping out of the six.

The news isn’t all bad for the Gosford-based side, though; it is unbeaten in five visits to Wellington and the ‘Nix have not won successive A-League home games since January 2012. The Mariners will also have Bernie Ibini back in their line up on loan in place of Michael McGlinchey. Ibini adds an extra spark to the Mariners midfield and will be sure to cause some headaches for the Wellington defence. The Kiwis will be able to give some back to the Mariners though, as they welcome back Costa Rican midfield maestro Carlos Hernandez . The New Zealanders haven’t beaten Central Coast since August 2010.

Phoenix would love to see more goals out of Jeremy Brockie , who has been uncharacteristically average up front this season. He hasn’t scored since round four, but the Mariners have their own problems up forward. They should have sewn up the three points on more than a few occasions last week against Heart but had to settle for a point after drawing 0-0 .

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