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They've met the Central Coast twice this season and lost both times, but now Sydney FC are ready to pounce on an out-of-form Mariners to post a third A-League win on the trot.

The last time the Sky Blues faced the Mariners in round 15 they lost 1-0 to stretch they're winless streak to five games and leave them outside the top six as pressure mounted on coach Frank Farina.

Fast forward six weeks and the tables have turned with the Mariners now barely hanging on to sixth spot and hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss with their title defence seemingly in tatters.

But Central Coast coach Phil Moss is determined to prove the critics wrong when they host Sydney on Saturday.

"I know there are plenty of people having a go at me now because we're not winning games and it will be the same people who are praising Frank now that they're winning games," he said.

"Frank is a great guy and I'm pleased to see him doing well, but it's my job tomorrow to get our boys up and make sure we put their run to a halt.

"We want to go out there on Saturday night and show everyone in Australia who've been knocking us down over the last month that we are a quality side and we can hurt teams."

Not since December 2009 have the Mariners lost so many on the trot.

They've also conceded seven goals in their last two games - the same number as they had in their previous 15 matches at Central Coast Stadium.

Sydney striker Ranko Despotovic will be looking to take advantage of a possibly weary Mariners, who have just returned from their defeat to FC Seoul in Korea, to add to his six goals this season.

"This is the best moment, if you ask me, that we can beat them," he said.

"I think they may be a little bit tired from their last Champions League game and they hadn't been going well in the league either so it's a good opportunity for us."

Farina, however, is more focused on his own side's form and feels they need to address the areas the Mariners exploited previously.

"They have gotten us twice this season but hopefully we can play well and get the points tomorrow," he said.

"The last two times we played them we didn't do things as well as we would've liked to in terms of our movement and our structure.

"So we just need to keep working on those."

Farina confirmed he'll field largely the same starting side with the only change to be at right-back, where Aaron Calver will replace Themba Muata-Marlow.