Central Coast Mariners could jump three places to second if they win their next two A-League games starting this weekend against their bunnies Adelaide.
Adelaide United are dismissing their horrendous losing streak against a Central Coast Mariners side that could zoom up to second in the A-League with two wins over the next week.
First up for the defending champions is Saturday’s clash at Hindmarsh Stadium against a Reds side that has gone eight games without a win.
United have lost nine in a row to the Mariners and haven’t beaten them in 12 games since their last win over them in 2009.
“It doesn’t matter – for us it’s a new game,” Adelaide playmaker Marcelo Carrusca said.
Adelaide are languishing in eighth spot, while the Mariners start the round in fifth.
However, wins over Adelaide and another straggler Wellington, in a rescheduled game next Thursday, could push them up three spots.
“Obviously three points in Adelaide would set us up nicely for the catch-up game,” Mariners fullback Josh Rose told AAP.
“We’ve definitely got a big game on our hands and they (Adelaide) are going to be battling hard for points.”
While the Mariners are unbeaten in their past four away games and have picked up seven points out of nine under new coach Phil Moss, Rose said they needed to lift their standards.
“We’ve got to get back to basics and get back to playing what we see, rather than trying to do too much as individuals,” Moss said.
Adelaide coach Josep Gombau is set to name an unchanged team following what he described as their best performance of the season in last week’s loss to Brisbane.
“I’m so satisfied and so happy with the way that they are playing, I cannot be frustrated,” Gombau said.
Carrusca downplayed the midfield battle between him and compatriot and former Adelaide hero Marcos Flores.
He said the mood among the players remained strong despite their win drought.
“We believe in this style and this coach and we need to keep going and work and I think the results are coming soon,” Carrusca said.