Central Coast was brought back to earth with a thud last week. Having beat Sydney FC the week before - something no one else has done in the past 15 months – the Mariners followed up with a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Adelaide. Such inconsistencies need to be ironed out if Paul Okon’s men are to become a genuine finals challenger. Speaking of inconsistent, Wellington continues to languish down the bottom of the ladder, but its last-start 5-2 win against Perth was evidence of the team’s potential. Having had last week off with the game against Western Sydney postponed, the Phoenix – with their New Zealand internationals back – should be too good at home.
3 KEY POINTS
- WELLINGTON may be on the bottom of the ladder, but only Newcastle has scored more goals than it so far this season.
- It will have been 13 days since WELLINGTON last played, after last week’s match against Western Sydney was postponed because of problems with the Spotless Stadium pitch.
- CENTRAL COAST and WELLINGTON have won only one game each in 2017-18.
MARINERS RUN OF OUTS
- Wellington won all three games between these two teams last season, scoring six goals in the process.
- The last time Central Coast scored against Wellington was on January 30, 2016.
- Overall, the Mariners have a good away record against Wellington, having won six and drawn five times in 17 games across the ditch.
- With Michael McGlinchey and Andrew Durante back from international duty, Marco Rossi getting back towards full fitness and Scott Galloway returning from a hamstring injury, the Wellington is finally close to full strength for the first time this season. The Phoenix has put in a couple of poor efforts, but overall they have shown promise under their new manager. And while the Mariners are pushovers no more, the hosts should be able to get the job done.
- Plenty of early goals scored in Phoenix games this year, so there is no reason why the home team can’t be ahead at half time and full time.
- The attacking midfielder will celebrate his return from international duty by hitting the scoresheet.
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- Both teams like to attack – but both teams are also prone to conceding. Even an over 3.5 or, if you’re adventurous, over 4.5 goal market is appealing here.