Central Coast Mariners are the last remaining A-League team with a perfect record in 2020/21 and last year’s wooden spooners will aim shock the watching world once more against Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday.
After finishing bottom of the pile for three straight years, Alen Stajcic’s side came out blazing in the new campaign, racing to a 2-1 win over F3 Derby rivals, the Newcastle Jets, before crashing the party of competition newcomers Macarthur FC, 2-0, in the Bulls’ inaugural home game.
Tuesday opponents, Western Sydney Wanderers have claimed four points from their three matches this season. Their only win arrived in a 2-1 triumph against the Jets in the Hunter, where ex-Mariner Ziggy Gordon scored his first A-League goal following his departure from Gosford in the off-season.
Carl Robinson’s team are seeking to build on their 1-1 draw in the Sydney Derby against Harbour City rivals Sydney FC on Saturday, but the visitors come up against a Mariners side high on confidence and possibly with the addition of Costa Rica’s FIFA World Cup star Marcos Ureña, who is now out of quarantine, although the hosts have not played since January 3.
Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEDT
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Ins and Outs
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 3. Lewis MILLER, 4. Joshua NISBET, 5. Stefan NIGRO, 6. Gianni STENSNESS, 8. Oliver BOZANIC (c), 10. Daniel DESILVA, 11. Jack CLISBY, 12. Marcos UREÑA, 14. Daniel BOUMAN, 15. Kye ROWLES, 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Adam PEARCE (gk), 21. Ruon TONGYIK, 23. Dan HALL, 25. Matthew HATCH, 26. Jaden CASELLA, 29. Alou KUOL, 30. Jordan SMYLIE, 32. Max BALARD
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 12. Marcos UREÑA (Out of Quarantine), 23. Dan HALL (Promoted)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 2.Ziggy GORDON, 4.Dylan McGOWAN (c), 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 7.Bruce KAMAU, 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9.Bernie IBINI, 10.Simon COX, 11.Kwame YEBOAH, 13.Tate RUSSELL, 14.James TROISI, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 18.Graham DORRANS, 25.Philip CANCAR, 27.Nicolai MULLER, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 33.Mark NATTA, 38.Ali AUGLAH, 39.Thomas AQUILINA, 40.Noah JAMES (gk)
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Bruce KAMAU (promoted), 25.Philip CANCAR (promoted)
Unavailable: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (long term injury)
Did you know?
- Western Sydney Wanderers have lost only one of their last nine A-League matches against Central Coast Mariners (W6, D2). They have conceded just three goals in the first halves across that stretch.
- Central Coast Mariners are undefeated in their last five A-League matches (W3, D2), the last time they enjoyed a longer unbeaten run was a nine-match span (W6, D3) from March to November 2013.
Joshua Nisbet (Central Coast Mariners) has completed the most tackles (6/6) of any player this A-League season who is yet to miss a single attempt.
Tate Russell (Western Sydney Wanderers) has made five carries ending in a scoring chance created this A-League season, the most by any player.
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