ALM R4 Preview: Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar continue their 2023/24 Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s campaign with a clash against Central Coast Mariners at Industree Group Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Roar aim to return to winning ways after hitting their first speed bump of the new season with defeat in Wellington last weekend.

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Goals from Florin Berenguer and Nikola Mileusnic weren’t enough as the Roar’s undefeated start to the season, that followed on from an impressive Australia Cup run came to an end.

Mileusnic’s second goal in as many weeks means both he and Henry Hore have already matched their return of two goals from last season.

Hore, who has also picked up one assist this season is in line to play his 50th Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s match on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Queenslander and Roar youth product has scored nine league goals in his three seasons at the club.

Roar also confirmed the return of Antonee Burke-Gilroy midweek, with the fullback in contention to play his first match of his second stint at the club on Sunday.

Corey Brown and Jez Lofthouse are also in the mix for their first minutes of the new campaign.

Sunday’s opponents have endured a difficult start to the 2023/24 campaign, losing in each of their opening three games.

A fourth defeat on Sunday would see the Mariners match an unwanted record for the longest losing streak to start of a season of a reigning champion in the history of the competition.

Mark Jackson’s side come into Sunday’s match following a midweek trip to Indonesia, where they faced Bali United in AFC Cup action on Wednesday night.

Roar defender, Scott Neville said his side know if they stick to their processes results will follow.

“The Mariners had a great season last year and they’ve got some other commitments now with the AFC Cup so I think they played last (Wednesday) night,” Neville said.

“Hopefully we’ll bounce back this week and put in a good performance and then like we say, the process is always what we focus on and then good results come from that.”

Sunday’s match which follows a clash between the club’s Liberty A-League Women’s sides as part of a double header at Industree Group Stadium kicks off at 4pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Paramount+.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 4: Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar
Industree Group Stadium, Gosford
Sunday, 12 November (4:00pm KO AEST)

Broadcast: Paramount+