Central Coast Mariners can take a big step towards qualification to the knock stages of the Asian Champions League when they host FC Seoul at Central Coast Stadium on Wednesday night. The Mariners are in top spot in Group F going into round 5, and a win against Seoul will leave only a point required from the final game.
The Mariners’ form has improved impressively in both the A-League and ACL after a tough period immediately following the January transfer window. The win in Brisbane at the weekend was a perfect example of how confidence has returned to the squad, enabling them to execute a perfect tactical victory of the minor premiers.
FC Seoul on the other hand are without a win in five games in all competitions. They look a team far removed from the one that finished as runners up in last season’s ACL, and currently sit second bottom on the K-League ladder.
Phil Moss must decide how to use his squad with the Mariners facing an A-League Elimination Final against Adelaide United on Saturday night. Rotation over the last few weeks has not affected the Mariners’ ability to get results – indeed Moss has been afforded the luxury of resting stars such as captain John Hutchinson and former FC Seoul playmaker Kim Seung-Yong.
Wednesday 16th April, Central Coast Stadium 19:30
Central Coast Mariners v FC Seoul