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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners A-League Preview and Team News - Wanderers target two wins from two

Andrew Hendrie 11 Oct 2017
  • Western Sydney Wanderers meet Central Coast Mariners on Saturday
  • Wanderers unbeaten in five of last six meetings against Mariners
Wanderers face Mariners on Saturday

Western Sydney Wanderers look to make it two wins from two to start the new season when they square off against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

It was an impressive opening performance from the Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend - can the former Asian champions repeat that showing and claim a maximum six points from two games when they take on the Central Coast Mariners at home on Saturday?

Remarkably, it was the first time in history the Wanderers had won a Round 1 fixture in the A-League, with goals to marquee striker Oriol Riera and Japanese livelier Jumpei Kusukami handing the side a 2-1 victory over Perth Glory, who earned a late equaliser courtesy of a Brendan Hamill own goal.

Rivera was again extremely dangerous in the final third, netting his fourth goal in five games, while Alvaro Cejudo and Roly Bonevacia also combined well as the Wanderers consistently threatened a fragile Perth defence.

With Tony Popovic resigning just days before kick-off, the Wanderers showcased great composure under the tutelage of caretaker coach Hayden Foxe.

Western Sydney will certainly be confident of registering back-to-back wins when they host the struggling Mariners on Saturday.

Unfortunately Central Coast are already in a familiar position on the ladder - rock bottom after suffering a crushing 5-1 loss to bitter rivals Newcastle in the F3 derby last week.

Central Coast actually went ahead through new Spanish striker Asdrubal in the opening five minutes, but the Jets blew them away for the rest of the match, with ex-Mariners striker Roy O’Donovan bagging himself an opening half hat-trick.

Defence has been a massive issue for the Mariners over the last few years now, and if last week’s game is anything to go by, it hasn’t been addressed properly enough in the off-season.

Western Sydney are arguably a more threatening attacking force than the Jets, and playing at home they should put the Mariners under immense pressure. Judging by their respective opening round performances, a comfortable Wanderers win is the only outcome I can see happening on Saturday.

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  • Wanderers are unbeaten against Mariners in five of their last six meetings
  • Mariners did win their most recent clash 2-0 last season
  • Central Coast are unbeaten at Spotless Stadium


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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners A-League Preview and Team News - Wanderers target two wins from two

Western Sydney Wanderers look to make it two wins from two to start the new season when they square off against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

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