Western United FC v Central Coast Mariners: match preview
Western United are seeking their first win in over a month in Sunday afternoon's affair with Central Coast Mariners (kick off 4.00pm AEDT).
Mark Rudan's troops spent Round 14's bye weekend recovering from back-to-back losses against Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City, and it would seem the Hyundai A-League's newest club are in the middle of a mid-season funk.
The arrival of Central Coast Mariners offers a good test for a United side whose last victory came against Brisbane Roar, 2-0, on December 13.
Central Coast will be touching down in Melbourne following a dramatic, morale-boosting 3-2 triumph at the expense of Melbourne Victory last Sunday.
The chance to move within a single point of United and knock on the door of the top six should give Alen Stajcic's visitors no shortage of incentive as they attempt to salvage a repeat result of the 1-0 win over United in Gosford last November.
Western United FC v Central Coast Mariners
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Kick off: 4pm AEDT
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Western United FC squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 7.Valentino YUEL, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Sebastian PASQUALI, 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI, 24.Thiel (Thierry) IRADUKUNDA, 26.Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI, 27.Jerry SKOTADIS, 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK).
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Panagiotis KONE (return from injury), 19.Josh RISDON (return form injury), 22.Ersan GULUM (promoted)
Outs: 28.Oskar DILLON (not selected)
Unavailable: 2.Aaron CALVER (Foot), 13.Ivan VUJICA (Leg), 20.James DELIANOV (GK) (knee - season), 3.Brendan HAMILL (knee)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Eunsun KIM, 6.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 7.Milan ÐURIĆ, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Tommy OAR, 11.Daniel DE SILVA, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 15.Kye ROWLES, 16.Dylan FOX, 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: 21.Ruon TONGYIK (Promoted), 26.Joshua Nisbet (Promoted), 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (Promoted)
Outs: 17.Samuel SILVERA (personal leave)
Did you know?
- The Central Coast Mariners won their only previous Hyundai A-League meeting with Western United, 1-0, on November 24, although this will be their first encounter in Victoria.
- Western United are winless from their last four matches against New South Wales opposition (drawn one, lost three) after winning their first match against NWS opponents 2-0 against Western Sydney Wanderers on November 9.
- Six of Western United's seven home match have seen the half-time result reflect the final outcome, with the hosts winning two, drawing one and losing four.
- Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti has made the most saves from shots outside the box of any gloveman in the competition, 21. That's five more than Western United's Filip Kurto (16).
- Western United's Jerry Skotadis has the best passing accuracy (93%) of any player (with a minimum of 100 passes) in the Hyundai A-League this season. Kim Eun-sun is the Mariners' most accurate passer on 87%.