Brisbane Roar will look to make up for lost time and a postponed game as they fashion a late-season tilt at the finals, starting with their match against Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday.

After their last-up clash with Perth Glory being COVID-delayed, Roar won't have played in 12 days - an unusually long stretch in what has been an otherwise busy few months.

And they'll be champing at the bit.

While sitting ninth, they are the only team to have won their last two matches and also have two fixtures in hand.

Four points outside the top six but with a jammed schedule that sees them play 11 games in a little over a month, there's still plenty of scope to not only feature in post-season football, but rocket right up the ladder.

Coach Warren Moon admitted the schedule was challenging, and would look to players like midfielder Jay O'Shea - a former UK lower leagues player well used to playing multiple games a week - for inspiration.

"Every team has key players that need to step up and perform - and that's Jay for us," Moon said of the Irishman.

"He's our key player, playmaker.

"When he is playing well it means it's good for the team, we're in every game and we're competitive and we're in a position to win the game."

With their last two wins (Western Sydney Wanderers, Macarthur) coming away, Central Coast Stadium should hold few fears for Roar - although the Mariners were well-supported with a crowd of more than 10,000 for their last-up draw with Sydney FC.

Still flying high (second, 31 points), the Mariners' wings have been clipped a little of late with three draws on the trot.

But after six seasons without a finals appearance, Mariners fullback Stefan Nigro insists his side remains on track.

"The mood is really good," he said.

"The vibe is great, the belief is strong and there's confidence we can win every game we play in."


* Brisbane have 14 wins and four draws against Central Coast in their last 18 games. If the Mariners can't win here the Roar will claim the longest undefeated streak against a single club in A-League history.

* If the Mariners win or draw it will mark a 10-match unbeaten run at Central Coast Stadium - the best since their 2012/13 championship season.

* Expect early scoring with Roar (62 per cent) and Mariners (52 per cent) the top two sides of 2020/21 when it comes to their percentage of goals in the first half.