HAL Preview: Wanderers vs Mariners

It's back to back home matches for the Red & Black with the Wanderers hosting Central Coast Mariners at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night. 

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The Wanderers head into Saturday night's match after a very disappointing 5-1 defeat to the Newcastle Jets at ANZ Stadium. 

Roy O'Donovan finished with a brace of penalties for the visitors, while Dimitri Petratos, Jason Ho man and Matthew Ridenton also got on the scoresheet for Ernie Merrick's men.

Wanderers new signing Mitchell Duke's goal midway through the half was mere consolation for the Wanderers, whose night was compounded by defensive woes.

The Central Coast Mariners similarly were faced with heartbreak over the weekend in their match against Melbourne Victory.

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A second-half capitulation saw Victory's Kosta Barbarouses score in the 88th minute, condemning the Mariners to a 3-2 defeat in front of their home fans, despite pushing the champions all the way.

There's no doubt that Mike Mulvey's men will feel they should have taken all three points after Andrew Hoole's duo of stunning free- kicks had them leading 2-0 at the break.

The Mariners and the Wanderers will both on the hunt for three points come Saturday night, desperate to kick-start their run to finals. 

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The last time these two sides met was back in Round 7 with the Wanderers breathing life into their Hyundai A-League campaign with a much-needed 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Young midfielder Keanu Baccus scored his first Hyundai A-League goal in first-half stoppage-time to put the Wanderers in front, before Jaushua Sotirio sealed the result after the break.

The Red & Black will need to repeat the performance to give any hope to a berth in the finals series, making Saturday's match a do-or-die fixture for both sides hopes.