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Australian Football: Mariners look to bounce back

There are three A-League games to look forward to on Saturday with Central Coast Mariners versus Western Sydney Wanderers taking centre stage.

Matchday 14 has already started with Sydney FC winning 2-1 away at Melbourne Victory on Thursday night, while the Newcastle Jets thrashed Brisbane Roar 4-0 on Friday night.

Now the action turns to Saturday and the highlight has to be second-placed Central Coast taking on the Wanderers, who sit in third spot. Both sides need the win to keep alive their hopes of catching ladder-leaders Melbourne City so there is plenty at stake.

The early kick-off sees two of the league’s most in-form sides go head-to-head when Wellington Phoenix, who sit in fourth spot on the ladder entertain a Perth Glory side that are also bang in form.

Sandwiched in between, manager-less Macarthur FC take on Western United and are in need of a boost following the departure of Dwight Yorke. It promises to be an exciting day of A-League action so let’s take a closer look at each game.

What:Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory
Where:Central Energy Trust Arena
When:13:00 (AEST) Saturday 28th January 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Phoenix 7/10, Glory 15/4, Draw 14/5

Zawada the threat for Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix have shot up the ladder thanks to three wins on the spin and will be looking to make it four when they take on Perth Glory. Ufuk Talay’s side have put themselves right in play-off contention. 

The win over Central Coast Mariners was particularly impressive and will have made the rest of the league take notice. Oskar Zawada has been a revelation for the Phoenix this season and has already chipped in with six goals. He is priced at 7/5 to score any time against Glory. 

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Mariners keen to close the gap

Meanwhile Bozhidar Kraev has also scored five goals and is another player that Glory will have to keep a very close eye on. Glory on the other hand tended to spread the goals more evenly around the team. Ryan Williams, Adam Taggart and David Williams have got two goals each. 

The men from the west have recovered from a disappointing start to the season to win three out of the last four games and they are now a team that is full of confidence. They will however be missing Taggart, who is injured, while Jack Clisby will miss out through suspension.

Wellington will be missing Clayton Lewis and Scott Wootton, who are both injured.

What:Macarthur v Western United
Where:Campbelltown Stadium
When:17:00 (AEST) Saturday 28th January 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Macarthur 11/8, Western 19/10, Draw 5/2

Bulls out to show their quality

Macarthur will be out to prove they are no ‘pub team’ when they take on Western United. Reports claim that is the phrase Dwight Yorke used before it was mutually agreed he should leave the Bulls after just 13 games at the helm.

He leaves the club in sixth place on the ladder and there is still all to play for if they can get on a run of form. But there will need to be a big improvement as they have lost the last two games, including a 1-0 defeat to Adelaide United that lead to Yorke’s departure.

The Bulls will be without Jake Hollman, who is supended, while Aleks Susnjar is also missing. Western have shown good signs of improvement in recent weeks when winning two and drawing two, including a victory over Sydney FC last week. 

Western’s chances could hinge on star forwards Aleksandar Prijovic, Nicolas Milanovic, and Alessandro Diamanti who have all caught the eye. Prijovic has scored three goals after returning from injury and is priced at 13/10 to score any time in this game.

What:Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers
Where:Industree Group Stadium
When:19:45 (AEST) Saturday 28th January 2023
How to watch:Paramount+, 10Bold
Odds:Mariners 1/1, Wanderers 11/4, Draw 5/2

Mariners keen to cement second spot

Last but not least, the game of the day sees second take on third as both the Mariners and Wanderers look for a crucial three points that will keep them in touch with Melbourne City. The Mariners are the hot fancies heading into this game.

Yes they lost to Wellington Phoenix last weekend but they had won the three games before that loss and have been in good form. Striker Jason Cummings has been a revelation and is priced at 9/2 to score first.

At one point this season the Wanderers looked to be the side that would go on and challenge Melbourne City but they have dipped in form recently.

They have not won a game in the last three and need to get back on track quickly. Scoring goals has been an issue though. They have only bagged 14 all season and Central Coast can be backed at 7/1 to win the game 1-0.

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