Match Preview: Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur FC

After last weekend’s spectacular performance against Western Sydney Wanderers and the news of three Mariners getting selected in the Socceroos World Cup squad, the Central Coast are keen to get another important three points before the break.

Team News

For the third consecutive week, head coach Nick Montgomery has named an unchanged 20-man squad for this round.

Dor Jok and Harry Steele both enter contention to make the match day squad after narrowly missing out last weekend, with both keen to have an impact this weekend.

Macarthur have made a few changes to their side who lost 4-1 to Wellington Phoenix last weekend, with Jonathan Aspropotamitis back from suspension after his red card against Sydney FC.

Ulises Davila remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Barbados international Mario Williams will be looking to make his league debut this weekend.

Recent Form

The Central Coast Mariners have been flying of late, scoring seven unanswered goals in our last 135 minutes of football. Since heading into half-time 2-0 down against Western United a fortnight ago, the team have proven why they should be seen as serious contenders.

A blistering second half in that match, before an incredible 3-0 victory away from home against Western Sydney sees us sit fourth in the Isuzu UTE A-League ladder with a match still in hand.

After starting the season unbeaten in their opening three matches, the Bulls have fallen to two consecutive defeats. The side lost 3-2 in a tight contest against Sydney FC, before falling to a 4-1 defeat in Wellington.

They currently sit in 10th place on the ladder with five points after five matches.

Previous Meetings

The Mariners and Macarthur have faced off seven times since the Bulls entered the A-League in the 2021-22 season, with the Central Coast only going down on two occasions.

Last season’s final two match ups between the pair were goal-fests, with the two games ending with 12 goals and four points for the Mariners.

The Bulls have only defeated the Mariners in Gosford on one occasion, that being the 2-0 finals defeat in their inaugural season.

The fixture record currently sits with the Mariners winning four times, Macarthur twice, and a single 3-all draw.


Central Coast Mariners:

2. Thomas AQUILINA, 3. Brian KALTAK, 4. Joshua NISBET, 6. Maximilien BALARD, 7. Samuel SILVERA, 9. Jason CUMMINGS, 11. Beni NKOLOLO, 13. Harrison STEELE, 14. Garang KUOL, 15. Storm ROUX, 17. Kelechi JOHN, 18. Jacob FARRELL, 20. Daniel VUKOVIC (c) (gk), 21. Michael RUHS, 23. Daniel HALL, 24. Yaren SOZER (gk), 25. Nectarios TRIANTIS, 29. Dor JOK, 90. Paul AYONGO, 98. MARCO TULIO

Ins: 13. Harrison Steele (promoted), 29. Dor JOK (promoted)

Unavailable: 10. Matheus MORESCHE (injured), 26. Bradley TAPP (injured)

Macarthur FC:

Filip KURTO (gk), Jake McGING, Tomi USKOK, Mario WILLIAMS, Ivan VUJICA, Kearyn BACCUS, Daniel DE SILVA, Daniel ARZANI, Lachlan ROSE, Al Hassan TOURE, Nick SUMAN (gk), Matt MILLAR, Charles M’MOMBWA,, Anthony CARTER, Jed DREW, Craig NOONE, Jerry SKOTADIS, Isaac HOVAR, Rhys YOULLEY, Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS

In: Mario WILLIAMS, Rhys YOULLEY, Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (returns from suspension).

Out: Bachana ARABULI, Aleks SUSNJAR (injury), Ulises DAVILA (injury), Jake HOLLMAN (illness)

Match Details

Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur FC

Sunday, November 13th

Kick-off: 3:00pm AEDT

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford 

Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+ and 10BOLD