Saturday’s A-League 2017 Round 15 match is between Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners. The opening kick off is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at Westpac Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners.
Phoenix striker Roy Krishna scored the A-League’s 4000th goal against Perth last week but then threw away all the great work when he was sent off for a reckless challenge.
Krishna was gifted his 8th goal this season by Perth keeper Liam Reddy and will be missed.
Despite his absence, there’s still plenty of quality in the Phoenix side and with Wellington performing much stronger at home, they should be able to create a lot more this week.
The Mariners became the first team to score twice against Sydney FC and could have had more in what was a very entertaining match played in hot conditions.
The match could have been over in the first 20 minutes if Sydney took their chances but the Mariners kept themselves in the match and were unlucky not to get more out the match in the end.
Paul Okon has done a good job moulding this squad in difficult circumstances and he’ll continue to force his possession-based build up play.
This has enabled teams to catch them out on the counter and this game will be no different.
KEY BATTLE: Kosta Barbarouses v Roy O’Donovan
O’Donovan has scored seven goals and is always dangerous which he again highlighted against Sydney FC. Barbarouses has pace to burn and when he fires, Wellington play well.
The Mariners have been improved over the last two weeks but still concede too many goals. There’ll be chances for both sides in this one but Phoenix will come out on top.
Wellington at $1.55
Draw at $4.50
Central Coast at $5.75
Tip: Wellington Phoenix at $1.57
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: S Smeltz at at $6.00
Correct Score: Wellington Phoenix 2-0 at $9.00
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Michael McGLINCHEY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 99.Shane SMELTZ.
Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Blake POWELL, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Mickael TAVARES, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 16.Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING.