STAT ATTACK

In this week’s stat attack we take a look at all the facts and numbers surrounding our encounter against the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

In this week-s stat attack we take a look at all the facts and numbers surrounding our encounter against the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne Heart salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Wellington Phoenix last weekend, their first draw at home in 2014.

Coincidentally the last draw Heart had before that was against the Mariners, a 0-0 draw at Bluetongue Stadium that saw John van-t Schip take the reigns of Melbourne Heart for the first time in his second stint at the club.

Since then Melbourne Heart have improved leaps and bounds, with only two defeats in their next 10 games, which included a run of five consecutive wins.

Despite Heart-s impressive home record in 2014, the Mariners will be no easy task as they look to book their spot in the finals series.

Melbourne Heart vs Central Coast Mariners - Melbourne Heart have won just one of their previous 11 encounters against the Mariners (D3 L7) - The six previous meetings between these two sides have seen only 10 goals. - Melbourne Heart have won 21 points in the A-League in 2014, three more than any other team. - Melbourne Heart have scored a league-high 43% of their goals from set-pieces. - Central Coast Mariners have conceded a league low of 13% from set-pieces. - Central Coast Mariners are the only side not to have conceded a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a game this season. - Only once has a side scored more than two goals in a game between these two sides (Mariners 3-1 2011). - Central Coast has the second best disciplinary record in the league, behind Brisbane Roar. - Melbourne Heart have not lost all season after scoring first.

Players - The last time these two sides met at AAMI Park Marcos Flores scored two penalties in a 2-2 draw, one of only two occasions where a team/player has done that this season. - David Williams is Heart-s leading goal-scorer by a total of 8 goals - No Central Coast player has scored more than three goals all season. - Liam Reddy has conceded 26 goals compared to Andrew Redmayne-s 33, but the Melbourne Heart goalkeeper has made five more saves (75). - Mitchell Duke has the third most blocked shots in the league. - John Hutchinson has attempted the most passes for the Mariners, with more than 60% in his own half. - Michael McGlinchey has attempted the most crosses for the Mariners (57), while Iain Ramsay leads the charts for Heart (125). - Jason Hoffman has attempted the most tackles for Heart (72).