Mariners hunting AFC Champions League spot

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The Central Coast Mariners are looking to secure a spot in the AFC Champions League, but Melbourne City stand in their way.

Alen Stajcic has insisted all season his goal is to secure a spot in the AFC Champions League and that goal is well within reach with only four games remaining.

The Mariners need to finish in the top two spots to qualify and with City having all but locked up first spot, the Mariners must now fight for second place.

Currently sitting in third place, the Mariners are two points behind Sydney FC in second but have a game in hand.

Adelaide United and Macarthur FC are only a point behind in what is shaping up as one of the closest finishes in A-League history.

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After a poor run of results, the Mariners seem to be back to their best, having kept two clean sheets in a row and beat rivals Newcastle Jets in the F3 derby.

“We are feeling really good right now, we feel really positive going into the Melbourne City game,” Gianni Stensness.

The Mariners face a tough battle in containing a City side who can secure the Premiers Plate on Saturday if they take all three points.

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The two sides have met twice this season already and are locked at one win each. The Mariners claimed their win in an impressive come from behind performance early on in the season, while City’s win was a much more one sided match where City dominated.

 “I cannot wait to get down to Melbourne and give City a good contest,” Stajcic.

The Mariners have their fate in their own hands as they seek to fulfill their goal of qualifying for the AFC Champions League.

A win over City would see them move three points closer to their goal and would also send a big message heading into the final series.

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Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.

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