Team news: Jacko makes two changes as Mariners target top spot

Central Coast Mariners take on Macarthur in another huge Isuzu UTE A-League fixture on Sunday evening at Campbelltown.

After Wellington Phoenix suffered just their third loss of the season on Saturday evening at the hands of top-six challengers Melbourne City, top spot on the ladder is now within reach for the Mariners, with a win against the Bulls.

๐Ÿ“ฐ Team news

Mark Jackson makes two changes to the side that beat Odisha FC on Thursday night, as Ronald Barcellos comes in for his first A-League start in place of Storm Roux, and Ryan Edmondson comes into the starting eleven in place of Jing Reec.

โฎ Previously against Macarthur

Macarthur are quietly enjoying a strong season under Mile Sterjovski, going somewhat under the radar despite sitting fourth on the ladder, a dramatic improvement from last seasonโ€™s bottom place finish.

French striker Valere Germain has played a big part in that, scoring 10 goals in his maiden A-League campaign, and he opened his Bulls account in the reverse fixture back in October.

Sterjovski’s side took all three points at Our Paradise, with a 2-1 win on Matchday Two. Germain opened the scoring before Kearyn Baccus doubled their lead. Brian Kaltak pulled one back for the Mariners in extra time but we couldn’t find an equaliser on the day.

Jackson’s side did get some revenge when the two sides met in the AFC Cup Zonal Final less than a month ago, however.

In the most dramatic of contests that went all the way to the end of extra time, the Mariners had victory snatched away from them late in the 90 minutes, before finding themselves behind little over a minute into extra time.

But it was Brazilian brilliance that saw the Mariners through as first Mikael Doka curled home a stunner and Barcellos picked the finest of times to score his first Mariners goal, making it 3-2 in the 120th minute.

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