The Wanderers make their A-League debut against the Mariners at Parramatta Stadium, and will face a stern test against last season's premiers
|By WILLIAM VALLELY
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Cole, Topor-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Polenz, Ono, Poljak, Mooy
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
Bojic, Sainsbury, Zwaanswijk, Rose
Bozanic, Montogomery, Hutchinson McGlinchley, Ibini, Sterjovski
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.