Team News and Match Preview: Two changes from Sydney defeat

Central Coast Football Manager Mark Jackson has made two changes from the side that were beaten by Sydney FC at the weekend.

Nathan Paull and Miguel Di Pizio come into the starting eleven, as Bradley Tapp and Christian Theoharous move to the bench.

Jackson gave some of his tactical thoughts, speaking to the press on Monday morning.

“Looking at their recent games, Melbourne City have added a bit more of a high press of late so we feel like they will come after us.” Jackson said.

“We have tweaked a few things with how we are going to approach the game and even with a short turnaround we feel we have got the information across to the players and we have clarity on what we want to do.

We have to be brave in how we want to play.

Mark Jackson ahead of Melbourne City game.

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⏮ Previously against Melbourne City

An eagerly anticipated fixture on every A-League’s fan calendar after our Grand Final meeting last season, the two clashes with Melbourne City so far this season have certainly not disappointed.

Our scintillating 3-3 draw back in December saw both sides lead in the 90 minutes, before ultimately sharing the points at AAMI Park and included a fantastic Angel Torres hat-trick.

Angel was the Mariners’ hero once again in a fiery contest here in January, our number 11 danced into the box to net a late winner after Steven Urgakovic cancelled out Christian Theoharous’ opener.

👀 Players to watch

Two of the league’s chief creators are on show this evening in Gosford, as our Socceroo Josh Nisbet and Tolgay Arslan go head to head.

Torres is of course one to watch, our top scorer has 13 in all competitions and has four in two matches against Melbourne City. He is looking to end a run of four A-League games without a goal.

Arslan also leads City’s scoring charts with eight, joint with renowned A-League marksman Jamie Maclaren.

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