The Mariners are hoping to rediscover winning form in the ACL.
With just one win from their last six A-League outings, the Central Coast Mariners host Japan’s defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima at Bluetongue Stadium on Tuesday night. The visitors are coming off a 2-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League.
Whilst hoping to be competitive in the ACL, the Mariners’ priority now is to remain in the A-League top-six in order to play finals. With five fixture rounds remaining, the Mariners are in sixth place on on 30 points and under siege from Newcastle (29) and Wellington (27), with Heart (24) and Glory (21) still mathematically a chance to move past the defending premiers.
At Least they’re in a slightly better place than their A-League opponents on Saturday night. The Western Sydney Wanderers are in China for their ACL match against Guizhou Renhe, the second of five games in 16 days.
All three Australian sides in the ACL (Mariners, Wanderers and Victory) lost their opening group stage fixtures. Victory fell to Guangzhou Evergrande 4-2 after leading 2-0 at halftime, Western Sydney went down to Ulsan 3-1 after finding the net first and the Mariners were beaten 2-0 by FC Seoul.
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