The A-League is back for a frantic month of football action to crown a champion for the 2019-20 season. Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers kick off this week’s action.
History: Played 25: Western Sydney 13 V Central Coast 6 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: February 2, 2020: Western Sydney 3 d Central Coast 1 at Central Coast Stadium
Final Thoughts: Western Sydney Wanderers make their belated return to the pitch more than four months after their last A-League match.
WSW are currently eighth on the ladder with seven wins and five draws from 21 games. They went into the competition’s hiatus on the back of consecutive 1-all draws with top-two teams Melbourne City and Sydney FC.
After winning just one of 11 games from November-January, Wanderers lost only one of their last seven matches.
Central Coast Mariners are six points adrift of the field on their way to a third straight A-League wooden spoon.
The Mariners recommenced their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Perth Glory. They snapped an 11-match winning streak on Friday courtesy of a scoreless draw against Newcastle Jets. The cellar dwellers’ defence has been strong, while the likes of Sam Silvera have impressed on attack despite the Mariners’ back-to-back goal-less outings.
Western Sydney have won six of their last seven against Central Coast, including both clashes earlier this season.
A Mitchell Duke brace gave Wanderers a come-from-behind 2-1 win in Week 1 at BankWest Stadium. Milan Duric opened the scoring for the Mariners.
Duke was among the goal-scorers again in a 3-1 result in Gosford in Week 17.
It’s a big ask for Wanderers to come in cold against a team – albeit a battling one – with two gams under their belt. The Mariners are $6 outsiders but capable of causing an upset.