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Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners
The Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners meet at Westpac Stadium in Round 13 A-League action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5pm (AEDT).
The worst-kept A-League secret at the moment could well be that the Phoenix are the second-best team in the competition. On a substantial unbeaten run and seemingly destined for finals play under new manager Ufuk Talay, the men in yellow host the men normally in yellow in both teams’ opening match of 2020.
The home side comes into this encounter after another impressive win, this time against Western United, and Central Coast limp towards the contest after being humbled against Perth Glory by three goals in Gosford on Tuesday night. They currently sit tenth on the ladder; five points outside the top six.
The three wins already achieved by Alen Stajcic’s Mariners have been impressive and well deserved, yet as the season approaches its halfway point the road toughens and only the resilient will survive to play football in the knockout matches of late April.
Liberato Cacace, Ulises Davila and Gary Hooper have all impressed in recent weeks for Wellington and the front third of the pitch is beginning to look alarmingly potent for opposition defences.
The Mariners will be relying on the work of Daniel de Silva, Samuel Silvera, Jair and Jordan Murray to provide some of the same creativity up front and with neither side stellar in defence, it is where the game will most likely be decided.
In team news, the home side welcome back Alex Rufer and Kye Rowles comes back into the visitors’ squad.
Wellington should win at home in what could be their best-attended match of the season should the weather be kind. Central Coast slipped a little last week and were poor against Perth at times. With the extra travel and a short turnaround, I cannot see them getting the prize against a confident Phoenix.
Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 5pm (AEDT).
Kick-off: 5pm (AEDT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium
TV: Fox Sports, ABC
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, MyFootballLive app
Betting: Wellington $1.67, Central Coast $4.75, draw $4.10
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, 13. Liberato Cacace, 14. Alex Rufer, 20. Oliver Sail (GK), 21. Callum Mccowatt, 23. Walter Scott, 27. Steven Taylor (c), 31. Ben Waine, 32. Sam Sutton, 88. Gary Hooper
Central Coast Mariners squad
1. Mark Birighitti (GK), 2. Ian Zygmunt Gordon, 3. Jack Clisby, 4. Eunsun Kim, 6. Giancarlo Gallifuoco, 7. Milan Ðurić, 9. Jordan Murray, 10. Tommy Oar, 11. Daniel de Silva, 12. Adam Pearce (GK), 15. Kye Rowles, 16. Dylan Fox, 17. Samuel Silvera, 18. Gianni Stensness, 19. Matthew Simon, 21. Ruon Tongyik, 26. Joshua Nisbet, 27. Lewis Miller, 29. Jair Britto, 30. Dylan Ruiz-Diaz