Following on from last week’s nervous victory over Perth Glory, the Wanderers now take on a downtrodden Central Coast Mariners, following on from their 5-1 derby defeat to the Jets. The Wanderers will look to continue their form from last week, where the red and black dominated for the opening 45 minutes, going into half time 2-0 up, but allowed Perth to come back into the game in the second half. The Mariners opened the scoring within 5 minutes against the Jets and looked to be in for an early derby dominance, however it wasn’t to be, with former favourite Roy O Donovan coming back to haunt the mariners faithful. The Mariners will be looking to bounce back this week with a result against the Wanderers at home, while the red and black will be looking to turn Spotless into the fortress it never was last season.
Central Coast will of course be looking to live up to the promise around their signings; Wout Brama, Tom Hiariej, Daniel De Silva, Asdrubal and Alan Baro. They also signed ex Wanderer, Antony Golec during the off season and with the wide experience and talent across their midfield and front third, the mariners are certainly no easy beats this season.
Last season’s encounters between the two sides ended all square, with a draw in round 4 at Spotless, a win for the Wanderers in round 9 up at Gosford and a win for the Mariners in round 19.
Key Match up
Alvaro Cejudo vs Alan Baro
The introduction of the Spaniard marquee last week unveiled an immense amount of talent and skill not seen since the likes of Shinji Ono. Cejudo provided an assist for Reira on his debut and went close on a number of occasions himself, but his biggest impact was seen with his hold up play and decision making. Constantly getting himself on the ball and dictating the terms of the game, Mariners captain Baro, is going to have his hands full, however, Baro has A league experience and has shown his quality at Melbourne Victory last season. The battle of the Spaniards should determine who achieves the result at the end of the 90 minutes.
Bonevacia looked calm and dangerous whenever the ball reached his feet last Sunday and controlled the attack throughout the contest. He constantly peppered Liam Reddy’s goal, either with firing shots or pin point passes. Although he didn’t get an assist or goal last week, he constantly looked dangerous and will be hoping to get off his Wanderers mark this week.
Wanderers 3- Mariners 1
Another goal fest looks set for Spotless stadium, with both sets of attack looking too good to not find the back of the net. However, the Wanderers should continue their form this week with another convincing performance at home.