Top Spot Up For Grabs At Gosford

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Aaron Mooy scored his first goal for the Wanderers last week. Source: Getty Images/theaustralian.com.au
The Western Sydney Wanderers  will make the trip to Bluetongue Stadium confident of beating the Central Coast Mariners  on Saturday night, having won seven matches in a row to trail the competition pacesetters by just a point on the A-League ladder.

If the Wanderers strong form wasn’t enough of a reason for Central Coast to see this fixture as a real danger match, Graham Arnold’s side must also deal with a three day backup from its Asian Champions League match against the Suwon Bluewings. Although the Mariners couldn’t find the back of the net in that match, with the game finishing 0-0 , scoring goals has not been a problem for the ladder leaders this season. They put six past Melbourne Victory in their 6-2 thrashing of Ange Postecoglou’s side last weekend and found the back of the net five times against Wellington Phoenix a fortnight earlier.

Despite starting its maiden campaign in the competition slowly, Western Sydney is coming good at the right time of the year and they can make history by going to the top of the table for the first time with a win. The clubs incredible rise up the ladder has come on the back of seven straight wins, although interestingly, Central Coast was the last team to knock them off when 2-0  victors at Parramatta Stadium on January 6. Leading scorer Daniel McBreen  was the difference between the sides that night, scoring both goals, and Tony Popovic will be sure to have plans in place to limit his output.

The Wanderers played their first ever A-League match against Central Coast in the opening round of the season, with the match ending in a draw  a fulltime. Both that match and the round 15 clash between the sides were played in Sydney, meaning that this is the first time that the pair has locked horns at Bluetongue Stadium.

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