A huge contingent of Wanderers fans will make the trip to Bluetongue Stadium in what could be a premier's plate decider
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
Bojic, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, Rose
Ibini, McGlinchey, DukeMcBreen
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Polenz, Beauchamp, T-Stanley, D'Apuzzo
Mooy, PoljakHersi, Ono, Bridge
The Mariners have a lot on their plate, with A-League and Asian Champions League commitments overlapping.
But coach Graham Arnold is a master at getting his side up for the big games, both mentally and physically. Arnie is old school and won't cop any fatigue excuses.
Life could not be brighter for the A-League's youngest club. The wins continue to flow - seven in a row at last count, the crowds are flocking to see them (the Mariners are bracing for the biggest contingent of visiting fans in history) and pole position on the table beckons if they win here.
The Wanderers will take the game to the Mariners and will not die wondering. It will be an absorbing 90 minutes.
A lot will depend on how the Mariners pulled up following their midweek ACL commitments.
Any leg weariness will be fully exploited by the Wanderers' quick ball movement and pace on the break. This will be a match played at full tilt.
All year the Wanderers have thrived on the underdog tag but it is a luxury no longer afforded them. With expectation comes pressure.
Aaron Mooy scored his first club goal in two years to sign off last week's win over Perth.
It was just reward for the creative midfielder, who continues to impress with every outing.
He is the sort of player who can carve out an opportunity against the tightest of defences and they do not come any meaner than the Coast's defensive unit.
History can be made with a Wanderers win assuring them of top spot on the ladder for the first time.
They get the Mariners at a good time, three days after an ACL match.
With a big horde of travelling fans behind them, look for the Wanderers to nick a late goal to steal the show.