Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners: match preview
Wellington Phoenix come into their clash with Central Coast Mariners as one of the form sides of the Hyundai A-League.
The Phoenix are sixth on the league table but do not let that position fool you. They are unbeaten in seven and just produced one of their most impressive displays of the season in a 3-1 win against Western United on the road in Round 12.
Central Coast meanwhile come into the clash having experienced a turnaround in their form of late.
A win over Adelaide United in Round 12 was the least the Mariners deserved after they put in a stellar performance against Sydney FC the week before but came away empty handed.
Alen Stajcic's side sit in ninth position but have two games in hand on a number of teams above them on the table, including the Phoenix who sit five points above them. That makes this clash a perfect opportunity for Central Coast to chase down one of their rivals for a place in the top six.
Saturday, 4 January 2020
Kick-off: 7pm local, 5pm AEDT
Venue: Sky Stadium
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView
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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 **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO (return from illness), 14.Alex RUFER (return from injury), 23.Walter SCOTT (promoted), 32.Sam SUTTON
Unavailable: 16.Louis FENTON (shoulder - season)
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 DESILVA, 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 **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 15. Kye Rowles (Promoted), 21. Ruon TONGYIK (Promoted)
Did you know?
- Wellington Phoenix have lost just one of their last seven A-League matches against the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium (W4, D2), keeping a clean sheet only twice in that run.
- Central Coast Mariners have won just two of their last 29 A-League away matches (D5, L22), despite going into halftime in a favourable position on 17 occasions in that run (ahead 8 times, level nine times).
- Wellington Phoenix are undefeated in their last seven A-League matches (W4, D3), the last and only time they’ve been on a longer unbeaten run was a nine-match span (W5, D4) across December 2018-January 2019.
Round 13: Phoenix v Mariners