Entertainment is guaranteed but can the gung-ho attacking instincts of the Mariners also deliver three desperately needed points against a club equally keen to make a statement of intent?
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-Off: 5:00 PM (Local) (5:00 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields
Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick
Fourth Official: Matthew Cropper
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 92.5 Central Coast** & Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. Coast FM 96.3 (Central Coast)
**after the completion of the cricket coverage
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Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Paul IZZO (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 6.Mitch AUSTIN, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (C), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Anthony CACERES, 14.Daniel HEFFERNAN, 15. Matthew SIM, 16.Liam ROSE, 20.Anthony KALIK, 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING, 23.Eddy BOSNAR, 26.Brian JAMBA, 30.Adam PEARCE (gk)
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 15. Matthew SIM (promoted), 23.Eddy BOSNAR (promoted), 26.Brian JAMBA (promoted)
Outs: 11.Nick FITZGERALD (suspended)
Unavailable: 18.Glen TRIFIRO (back – 1 week), 5.Harry ASCROFT (wrist – 3 weeks)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Justin GULLEY, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Troy DANASKOS, 7.Jeffrey SARPONG, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 12.Blake Powell, 13.Albert RIERA, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Louis FENTON, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Justin GULLEY (promoted), 5.Troy DANASKOS (promoted), 14.Alex RUFER (promoted)
Outs: 17.Vince LIA (hamstring – 6-8 weeks)
For the Mariners it’s been an up and down season thus far. Loads of entertaining fare and an opening day three points to lift the mood, but they’ve conceded 10 goals (a league high figure going into Round 5) and haven’t won since that win over Glory.
Tony Walmsley’s side, ninth on the ladder, may see this one as winnable.
But so will Wellington, in fifth going into this round, who'll be secretly delighted to see key midfielder Nick Fitzgerald named in the 'outs' ledger.
The yellow and blacks knocked Central Coast out of the FFA Cup on this very ground a few months ago. What's more, Phoenix have a stable and strong squad featuring the in-form Michael McGlinchey lurking in midfield, and a team hell-bent on proving they deserve to pay in the A-League.
Wellington are coming off a loss at Victory last Monday night but they will see this as three points they must – and perhaps should – take.
Expect an open 90 minutes of football and a few goals.
• No player has created more chances (inc. assists) for his teammates than Phoenix’s Michael McGlinchey (14).
• Central Coast have faced 31 shots on target so far in this A-League campaign; seven more than any other team.
• Wellington’s Ben Sigmund has made the more clearances than any other A-League player this campaign (23)
ROUTE TO GOAL
For the visitors, former Mariner McGlinchey starts so much from midfield. And his attacking instincts in the final third - when combining with the excellent Roly Bonevacia and Roy Krishna - make him arguably their most dangerous player . Wellington enjoy exploiting the central channels with pace and if Phoenix can similarly exploit what Graham Arnold pointed out last week - Central Coast's wingers' defensive work - they'll find some joy for sure.
The home side will again put their faith in said pacy wingers (Ferreira and Austin) with O'Donovan central. Though Nick Fitzgerald's loss will be felt. The midfielder - red-carded last week - has been superb this season along with Anthony Caceres. And watch out for big Dan Heffernan - the former FFA Cup hero might get a chance to show off his finishing skills off the bench.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Jake McGing. The Central Coast defender was named in www.a-league.com.au Team of the Week for Round 4.
Central Coast: WLLL
Wellington Phoenix: LWWL
Central Coast 3-2 Wellington Phoenix