Reds in position to end Mariners hoodoo

Adelaide United FC will be out to turn a host of positive performances into points when the Reds host the Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium on Saturday.

Adelaide United FC will be out to turn a host of positive performances into points when the Reds host the Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium on Saturday.

The results and position on the table after the opening third of the season may not show it, but Coach Josep Gombau can see the fruits of the Reds- labour starting to take effect with the style he has introduced at the club.

Buoyed after what he described as the Reds- best performance of the season last Friday night against Brisbane Roar despite being on the wrong end of the result, Gombau says the team is getting ever closer to making it count on the scoreboard.

“The team is in a good condition. In my opinion last week we played the best game we-ve played this season…and while we didn-t win, we created a lot of chances, we had a lot of actions where if you score it changes the game, and the team has this power and they believe, and tomorrow I think we will also do a good game,” Gombau said.

“We are in the process but we are close. We are losing but last week was not a game we should lose, it was as game we should win. If you see against Melbourne Heart a few weeks ago it-s also a game we could win.”

Gombau and the club-s supporters alike will be hoping that the breakthrough win can come against a Mariners team that is unbeaten in its last three games and also in a time of transition under new boss Phil Moss.

To try and achieve three points, Gombau stated he would in all likelihood go into the match with the same line-up that started against the Roar as the Reds attempt to aim a run of nine straight losses to the reigning Hyundai A-League champions.

“I am satisfied with the team. When a coach is satisfied with the players that are playing then you start, and if nothing happens between today and tomorrow the team will be the same,” Gombau said.

Kick-Off is at 5pm ACDT.

Hyundai A-League 2012/13 Season - Round 10 Adelaide United FC v Central Coast Mariners Saturday, 14 December 2013 Coopers Stadium, Adelaide Kick-off: 5:00pm local (5:30pm ACDT) Referee: Ben Williams

Tickets: Available through Ticketek TV: Live on FOX Sports 1HD Radio: Coverage online at Twitter: (hash-tag #ADLvCCM)

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.JERONIMO, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 12.Antony GOLEC, 13.Steven LUSTICA, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Michael ZULLO, 19.Jake BARKER-DAISH, 20.Paul IZZO (GK), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 25.Ryan KITTO (Two to be omitted)

Ins: 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (promoted), 20.Paul IZZO (GK) (returns from injury), 25.Ryan KITTO (promoted from Youth Team) Outs: 30.John HALL (GK) (returns to Youth Team) Unavailable: 6.CASSIO (hamstring tendon - 5-6 weeks)

Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Justin PASFIELD (GK), 2.Daniel MCBREEN, 3.Joshua ROSE, 4.Marcel SEIP, 5.Zachary ANDERSON, 6.Brent GRIFFITHS, 7.John HUTCHINSON (c), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 9.Mitchell DUKE, 10.Marcos FLORES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Liam REDDY (GK), 14.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 15.Storm ROUX, 16.Trent SAINSBURY, 17.Anthony CACERES, 19.Matt SIMON, 21.Mile STERJOVSKI (Two to be omitted)

Ins: 5.Zachary ANDERSON (promoted), 11.Nick FITZGERALD (promoted) Outs: Nil Unavailable: 22.Tom SLATER (back - 2 weeks)

Adelaide United vs. Central Coast Mariners - Hyundai A-League HEAD TO HEAD Record Played 26 - 6 wins, 6 draws, 14 losses

26-Oct-2013… L 0-1… 2012/13 Rd 3 (Bluetongue Stadium) 24-Mar-2013… L 0-2… 2012/13 Wk 26 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 25-Jan-2013… L 1-3… 2012/13 Wk 18 (Bluetongue Stadium) 1-Dec-2012… L 1-2… 2012/13 Wk 9 (Bluetongue Stadium) 17-Mar-2012… L 0-1… 2011/12 Wk 24 (Bluetongue Stadium) 21-Jan-2012… L 2-3… 2011/12 Wk 16 (Bluetongue Stadium) 2-Dec-2011… L 0-4… 2011/12 Wk 9 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 29-Jan-2011… L 1-2… 2010/11 Wk 25 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 26-Dec-2010… L 0-2… 2010/11 Wk 20 (Bluetongue Stadium) 15-Aug-2010… D 1-1… 2010/11 Wk 2 (Bluetongue Stadium) 15-Jan-2010… D 1-1… 2009/10 Rd 23 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 31-Oct-20009… D 0-0… 2009/10 Rd 13 (Canberra Stadium) 11-Sep-2009… W 1-0… 2009/10 Rd 6 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 25-Jan-2009… W 1-0… 2008/09 Rd 21 (Bluetongue Stadium) 15-Nov-2008… L 0-3… 2008/09 Rd 11 (Bluetongue Stadium) 3-Oct-2008… D 3-3… 2008/09 Rd 7 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 14-Dec-2007… L 1-2… 2007/08 Rd 17 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 10-Nov-2007… L 0-2… 2007/08 Rd 12 (Bluetongue Stadium) 30-Sep-2007… W 2-1… 2007/08 Rd 6 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 21-Jan-2007… W 3-1… 2006/07 Rd 21 (Bluetongue Stadium) 25-Nov-2006… L 0-2… 2006/07 Rd 14 (Bluetongue Stadium) 6-Oct-2006… W 3-1… 2006/07 Rd 7 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 26-Feb-2006… L 0-1… 2005/06 Preliminary Final (Hindmarsh Stadium) 20-Jan-2006… D 1-1… 2005/06 Rd 19 (Hindmarsh Stadium) 13-Nov-2005… W 2-1… 2005/06 Rd 12 (Bluetongue Stadium) 25-Sep-2005… D 1-1… 2005/06 Rd 5 (Hindmarsh Stadium)

At Bluetongue Stadium Played 13; Adelaide United 3, Central Coast Mariners 9, Draws 1

At Hindmarsh Stadium Played 12; Adelaide United 3, Central Coast Mariners 5, Draws 4

At Canberra Stadium Played 1; Adelaide United 0, Central Coast Mariners 0, Draws 1

Last time they met in the Hyundai A-League 26-Oct-2013 Round 3, Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Fitzgerald 2-) Adelaide United 0