A-League preview: Mariners v Victory


Adama Traore is set to play his 150th A-League game when Melbourne Victory visits the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.


The left-back, 31, is one game away from reaching the milestone, having featured 80 times for Victory after 69 appearances for Gold Coast United.

Victory is aiming to end a four-match losing streak when it visits Central Coast Stadium.

It suffered a 4-1 loss to the Wellington Phoenix in Wollongong on Wednesday, with Elvis Kamsoba scoring a late goal.

The attacker netted his first goal of the campaign after getting on the end of a Jake Brimmer pass.

Ryan Shotton and fellow centre-back Dylan Ryan are set to return from injury after being named in the squad.

After going unbeaten in 18 meetings with the Mariners between 2013 and 2019, Victory has lost its past two clashes against Central Coast 3-2.

Player in focus

Last time

A-League 2019/20
Melbourne Victory 2-3 Central Coast Mariners
Monday, August 3, 2020
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

Victory led shortly after half-time thanks to a brace from Marco Rojas, either side of Dylan Fox’s equaliser.

But Dylan Ruiz-Diaz scored a late brace to earn three points for the Mariners.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 26, 2019/20: Victory 2-3 Mariners at Jubilee Stadium
Round 14, 2019/20: Mariners 3-2 Victory at Central Coast Stadium
Round 25, 2018/19: Victory 2-1 Mariners at AAMI Park
Round 17, 2018/19: Mariners 2-3 Victory at Central Coast Stadium
Round 4, 2018/19: Victory 4-1 Mariners at AAMI Park

Match details

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX , 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nicholas ANSELL, 5.Ryan SHOTTON, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15.Aaron ANDERSON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 19.Dylan RYAN, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jake BRIMMER, 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, 33.Dalibor MARKOVIC, 35.Zaydan BELLO 

**1-3 to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Ryan SHOTTON (return from injury), 19.Dylan RYAN (return from injury)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable:  6.Leigh BROXHAM (injured), 9.Rudy GESTEDE (injured – knee), 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – fractured leg)

Squad goals Kirdar