Our Reds are heading to the Central Coast for Round 19 against the Mariners. And despite United’s hosts coming off a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Brisbane Roar last weekend, they still have a number of dangerous men that can cause us some problems.
The former Liverpool, Barcelona, and Atlético Madrid forward will bring much more than just an eye for goal to the Mariners for the remainder of the season. Already showing his abilities in the handful of appearances he’s made in the Hyundai A-League so far, the 37-year-old has the quality and experience to guide his teammates brilliantly, even in an underperforming side like the Central Coast. In just 121 minutes of Australian football, Garcia has scored one goal and managed two assists, all coming from substitute appearances. And with the Spaniard reportedly making his starting debut against the Reds this Sunday, he’ll have much more time to ease into the match and potentially dictate the Mariners’ attacking movements.
Total Shots: 1
Shots on Target: 1
Passing Accuracy: 77.8%
Shot Assists: 1
Despite blazing a golden opportunity to put the Central Coast in the lead from the spot when they met United in Round 15, Ferreira still managed to cut open the Reds’ defence on the right wing to rifle home a fantastic effort past young goalkeeper and debutant Daniel Margush. It was a goal that personified Ferreira’s direct and effective style of play, one that can not only see him try his luck on goal with either foot, but also create clear openings for his teammates. Familiar with the Reds’ football for his time with the Club, Ferreira’s awareness of our movements could see him add to the five goals he’s managed so far this season, or even his three assists.
Shot Assists: 3
Total Crosses: 3
Passing Accuracy: 73.5%
Duels Won: 69.2%
The Mariners’ glove-man has faced a barrage of shots this season and is yet to retain a clean sheet in any of his 13 matches. But this not a reflection of Izzo’s individual performances, which have primarily been strong in comparison to many of his teammates. Since leaving the Reds for regular first-team football, Izzo has matured into a key figure within Central Coast’s defence. Quick reflexes and a commanding presence, despite his relatively small stature, Izzo can control his 18-yard-box well.
Total Saves: 4
Shots Saved: 50%
Shots Faced: 17
Passing Accuracy: 53.3%
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Adelaide United will face Central Coast Mariners in Round 19 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Sunday, 14 February at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is at 2.30pm ACDT.