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Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners
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Round 22 of the A-League continues with an interesting match-up of teams, which will see the Central Coast Mariners take on Wellington Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the ball first rolling at 4pm (AEDT).
Many people predicted that this would be a bottom-of-the-table clash, deciding who would be leaving with the wooden spoon at the season’s end. But it has been the complete opposite for Wellington Phoenix, who currently sit in equal third position on 30 points, only three points behind Melbourne City, who have played an extra game.
On top of that, Melbourne City and Perth Glory play this weekend. Following this game, Wellington Phoenix could be in join second place by the end of this round if they win here.
And although a win does seem expected of Wellington, who are seven places and 17 points clear of the Mariners, it may not come in easy circumstances.
The Mariners have nothing to lose and will be looking for a massive three points against one of the league’s best sides.
The players are now playing for contracts and may be inspired to put on a big performance in their fourth last home game of the season.
The Mariners are also boosted by the inclusions of both Tommy Oar and Daniel De Silva to their squad, which will add an extra level of quality to their midfield.
However, Wellington Phoenix also have a quality midfield. They have the joint highest passing accuracy of 83 per cent, have played the third most passes in the league and have had 212 successful dribbles.
Wellington have played some of the best football in the league this season, but will it be good enough to pass the Mariners?
Wellington will beat the Mariners 2-0, but join The Roar to follow the action, with the game kicking off at 4pm (AEDT).
Kick-off: 4pm (AEDT)
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
TV: Fox Sports 505
Online: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
Betting: Central Coast Mariners $3.75, draw $3.75, Wellington Phoenix $1.91
Head to head: Central Coast Mariners 12, draw 5, Wellington Phoenix 12
Last five overall score: Central Coast Mariners 4, Wellington Phoenix 15
Central Coast Mariners squad
1. Mark Birighitti (gk), 2. Ian Zygmunt Gordon, 3. Jack Clisby, 4. Eunsun Kim, 7. Milan Duric, 8. Michael McGlinchey, 9. Jordan Murray, 10. Tommy Oar, 11. Daniel De Silva, 12. Adam Pearce (gk), 15. Kye Rowles, 17. Sam Silvera, 18. Gianni Stessness, 19. Matt Simon, 21. Ruon Tongyik, 24. Chris Harold, 26. Joshua Nisbet, 27. Lewis Miller, 29. Jair Britto, 44. Alou Kuol
Wellington Phoenix squad
1. Stefan Marinovic (gk), 2. Liam McGing, 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, 5. Matti Steinmann, 6. Tim Payne, 7. Reno Piscopo, 8. Cameron Devlin, 9. David Ball, 10. Ulises Davila, 11. Jaushua Sotirio, 12. Brandan Wilson, 13. Liberato Cacace, 14. Alex Rufer, 20. Oliver Sail (gk), 21. Callum McCowatt, 27. Steven Taylor (c), 31. Ben Waine, 32. Sam Sutton, 88. Gary Hooper