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  • 6 October 2012
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  • • Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
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A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners

A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners

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The Wanderers make their A-League debut against the Mariners at Parramatta Stadium, and will face a stern test against last season's premiers

GOAL.com Indonesia   By WILLIAM VALLELY

  PROBABLE LINEUP
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS


Covic
Cole, Topor-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Polenz, Ono, Poljak, Mooy
Kresinger, Bridge

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS



Ryan
Bojic, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, Rose
Bozanic, Montogomery, Hutchinson McGlinchley, Ibini, Sterjovski

Last season's minor premiers Central Coast go into Saturday's game against newly formed Western Sydney Wanderers after a run of indifferent pre-season form. 

A draw with Melbourne Victory was sandwiched between two losses to Newcastle and Adelaide.

The Mariners finished their preparations strongly, beating last season's eventual A-League winners Brisbane Roar 1-0 on September 23 after a late Tomas Rogic goal.

The Wanderers pre-season form was solid, if not spectacular, securing three consecutive draws against A-League opposition before their game against Central Coast.

New recruits Mile Sterjovski, Zac Anderson, Nick Montgomery and Brent Griffiths have all been named in the Mariners squad to travel to Sydney, while Anthony Caceres [elbow], James Oates [ankle] and Adam Kwasnik [illness] miss out.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has named a large preliminary squad for the game, with only Jason Trifiro [ankle] unavailable.

Tom Rogic's impressive pre-season form makes him a man to watch for the Mariners, while the Wanderers will be looking for an instant impact from marquee signing Shinji Ono - should he be deemed fit enough.

Central Coast undoubtedly start as favourites for Saturday's game at Parramatta Stadium, but expect the Wanderers to produce a spirited display in their inaugural A-League match.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Western Sydney Wanderers

Central Coast Mariners

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Western Sydney Wanderers
Draw
Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
Central Coast Mariners FC Central Coast Mariners
46%
18%
36%

Top 3 Predictions

Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
2 - 1
Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
1 - 0
Central Coast Mariners FC CCM
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
1 - 1
Central Coast Mariners FC CCM

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