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Are the Central Coast a legitimate top six contender?

Fri, 2 Dec, 00:00

CENTRAL COAST V WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS Saturday afternoon, Central Coast Stadium

Are the Central Coast a legitimate top six contender?

We'll find out a lot more when they host Western Sydney at home this Saturday afternoon.

The Mariners have secured points in four of their last five matches and riding one of their best stretches of form in recent memory.

For Western Sydney, they are the 'draw' specialists of late with five of their last six games seeing them unable to be split from their rivals.

Paul Okon has done a remarkable job with the Mariners.

Jumping into the hot seat just weeks out from the start of the A-league season, Okon has transformed last year's wooden spooners to the point where they are only four points off their entire tally from last season!

They have eight points in their last five games which have been yielded from two wins and two draws.

Highlighting just how far they have come in 2016/17 is last week's clean sheet against Perth. It was their first in 36 matches and also the first of goalkeeper Paul Izzo's career in the A-league.

Tony Popovic must be scratching his head thinking how to get his team to notch a win.

In eight matches so far this season they have only registered the solitary win and just two losses with the rest of their results being draws.

The Wanderers head into this off the back of a 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar but after conceding an early penalty, fought back in the second half to get the equalizer with goalie Michael Theo denying danger men Nico Martinez and Brendon Santalab terrific chances to give the home side the win.

The Wanderers haven't been bad on the road this season and have a mixed bag from their three games so far (one win, one draw, one loss).

One of their big concerns though is their defence. It was shown up on the opening week when Sydney FC put four past them and overall they have conceded 15 goals at an average of 1.875 goals per game. Their differential is also a huge concern as it sits at -6.

One thing that will please Popovic is the Wanderers strong record against Central Coast, which sits at three wins from their last four games. On the flip side, the last time they met was only a few weeks ago where the Mariners drew 1-1 at Spotless Stadium in a game that would've delighted Okon.

Central Coast are playing with a great deal of flair and definitely punching above their weight. That confidence will hold them in good stead here but will it be enough to continue their march up the ladder which currently has them in sixth spot, just one point in front of WSW?

THE TIP: Wanderers - it's now or never to start clicking into gear

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go Unders - an average of 2.16 goals is scored between these teams in their last six encounters


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