Western United v Central Coast Mariners: match preview
Something’s got to give as two of the Hyundai A-League’s most out-of-sorts sides do battle on Sunday as Western United FC take on Central Coast Mariners.
Mark Rudan’s side have seen their finals charge derailed over the last month, winless in their last four matches including their 2-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix last Friday.
The goals have dried up for the Hyundai A-League’s newest club, failing to find the net in the three matches they played in February.
They’ll hope the start of a new month will bring a change of fortune, especially against the rock-bottom Mariners.
Alen Stajcic’s side have lost six on the bounce in the Hyundai A-League, a run that started with a 3-0 loss to United in Geelong in January.
The two sides have enjoyed one win apiece in meetings so far this season. Who’ll come out on top in this one and stop the rot?
Sunday, 1 March 2020
Kick-off: 4.00pm 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, 6. Tomoki IMAI, 7.Valentino YUEL, 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 10. Steven LUSTICA 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 14.Max BURGESS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 22.Tomislav USKOK, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), 24.Thiel IRADUKUNDA, 25.Luke DUZEL, 27.Jerry SKOTADIS, 28.Oskar Dillon, 30.Ryan SCOTT (gk)
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (promoted), 24.Thiel IRADUKUNDA (promoted), 25.Luke DUZEL (promoted)
Outs: 8.Panagiotis KONE (arm)
Unavailable: 2.Aaron CALVER (foot - 2 weeks) 13.Ivan VUJICA (osteitis ), 20.James DELIANOV (gk) (knee, season), 3.Brendan HAMILL (knee, season)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Eunsun KIM, 7.Milan ÐURIĆ, 8.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Tommy OAR, 11.Daniel DeSilva, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 15.Kye ROWLES, 16.Dylan FOX, 17.Sam SILVERA, 18.Gianni STENSNESS, 19.Matt SIMON, 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 24.Chris HAROLD, 26.Joshua NISBET, 27.Lewis MILLER, 29.Jair BRITTO
**2-4 to be omitted**
In: 15.Kye ROWLES (Return from Injury), 16.Dylan FOX (Promoted)
Unavailable: 14.Abraham MAJOK (Injured), 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (International Duty)
Did you know?
- Western United FC have failed to score a goal in their last three Hyundai A-League games. The last time any team went longer without finding the back of the net was the Central Coast Mariners in December 2017 (4 games).
- The Mariners have won only two of their last 33 Hyundai A-League games away from home (D5, L26). In fact, they haven’t won a league match in Victoria since a 2-1 triumph over Melbourne City in March 2014.
- Alen Stajcic’s side have hit the woodwork with nine shots so far this Hyundai A-League campaign, the joint-most of any team in the competition and just once more than Western United FC (8).