With a full roster of strikers to choose from, Mariners football manager Lawrie McKinna has an embarrassment of riches going into the derby at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Last week, Mariners forwards Dylan Macallister, Sasho Petrovski and Matt Simon became a united force and with the imminent return to form of Nick Mrdja, there are ominous signs for the boys from Bluetongue Stadium.
The Mariners face a Sydney FC who are undermanned, which they have been for much of the season that finds themselves two points off the top of the league.
It would be interesting to see how the Sky Blues would be fairing barring injuries and suspensions, with a host of key players out of the starting line-up.
This week is no exception for the home side as they go into the vital match without the in-form Brendon Santalab (shoulder – 6 weeks), star goalkeeper Clint Bolton (neck – 1 week), the creative Alex Brosque (hamstring – 1 week) and remain without Simon Colosimo, Mike Enfield, Iain Fyfe and Jacob Timpano who are all injured or suspended for lengthy spells.
In contrast, the Mariners have a full roster to choose from and welcome back midfielder Greg Owens, key defenders Andrew Clark and Nigel Boogaard (both returning from injury), Mile Jedinak and a major inclusion being former Italian league star Andrea Merenda.
With all of these significant ins and outs, it promises to be an exhilarating derby.