Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners: match preview

Western Sydney Wanderers return home and welcome Central Coast Mariners in the first Hyundai A-League match at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.

The Red and Black will be intent on making Parramatta a fortress again this season if Markus Babbel's side are to mount a title charge, and getting three points over the Mariners would be the dream start.

FFA Cup 2019 Semi Finalists Central Coast have resembled a side on the up under Alen Stajcic during pre-season but one win from their previous 24 away Hyundai A-League matches spells the size of the rebuilding task in Gosford.

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Saturday, October 12 2019
Kick-off: 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505, ABC 
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Team news

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Alex MEIER, 16.Mathieu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mo ADAM, 37.Jake TREW, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk) **2-4 to be omitted**

Unavailable: 33.Tate RUSSELL (International Duty)

Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 6.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 7.Milan DURIC, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Thomas OAR, 11.Daniel DE SILVA, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 14.Abraham MAJOK, 15.Kye ROWLES, 16.Dylan FOX, 17.Samuel SILVERA, 18. Gianni STENSNESS, 22.Jacob MELLING, 23.Mario SHABOW, 26.Joshua NISBET **2 to be omitted**

 Unavailable: 19.Matthew SIMON (Suspended – 1 Week), 21.Ruon TONGYIK (Injured – Leg),4. Eunsun KIM  (Injured – Leg)

Did you know?

  • Western Sydney Wanderers have only ever opened an A-League campaign with a win once (D3, L3), pipping Perth Glory 2-1 in Round 1 of 2017/18.
  • Central Coast Mariners have won only one of their last 24 A-League games played away from home (D5, L18).
  • Central Coast Mariners conceded 10 goals from outside the box in A-League 2018/19, more than any other team in the competition.
Mitchell Duke
Wanderers captain Mitch Duke plays against his former club, Central Coast Mariners

Round 1: Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners

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Round 1: Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners