The Mariners have rarely fared well away to the Phoenix, but they come into the match in Wellington brimming with confidence after thumping Sydney in Week 5
|By KIERAN JONES
Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Ifill, Muscat, Smith, FentonHuysegems, Brockie
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
Bojic, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, Rose
Hearfield, Montogomery, Hutchinson McGlinchley, McBreen, Sterjovski
Graham Arnold is the master of keeping his side's hopes, and would have had to use all his powers to ensure the Central Coast Mariners were focused on their trip to meet the Phoenix in Wellington on Sunday.
After the 7-2 thumping of Sydney FC last Saturday, the Mariners sit in second, while the Phoenix have had two-straight losses.
Young gun Tom Rogic could miss out because of his selection in Australia's squad to take on South Korea next Wednesday.
Arnold will not be too concerned with the potential absence of his young midfielder, though, considering the depth of talent at his disposal.
Troy Hearfield, Oliver Bozanic and Adrian Pellegrino are all capable of covering for Rogic, having done their penance in the National Youth League.
Arnold would be concerned, however, with the Mariners' recent form against the Phoenix.
Wellington has won the past five encounters between the two sides, including a 5-2 thrashing in January.
Ricki Herbert's men have had trouble keeping a clean sheet this year, doing so only once against Sydney in the opening week.
In the last two weeks, Wellington have conceded six goals, so Herbert will need to find a way to keep the likes of Daniel McBreen quiet.
Ben Sigmund returns for the Phoenix after his one-match suspension and should replace Michael Boxall in defence, while Stein Huysegems is in doubt for the Phoenix after injuring an ankle in the loss to the Victory on Monday.
Herbert will have trouble replacing the Belgian's nous around goal, but with Jeremy Brockie finally hitting form - scoring a double against Melbourne Victory on Monday - Wellington are in with a chance.