Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners - Match preview and betting tips
Victory have managed to usurp their city rival and sit in third spot in the A-League ladder, Central Coast sit one of the bottom ahead of Wellington Phoenix with whom they fought out a 0-0 draw last week, this week they meet a side they have not beaten since April 2013, a run in which they have lost 10 times in 13 matches
A-League prediction - Who will win between Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners on Saturday 6th January?
One would have to be super confident that Victory should have few issues in dispatching a Central Coast side that looked like they were improving earlier in the season bt have slumped to second from bottom in the ladder and only saved the basement spot due to Wellington Phoenix's on and off field issues.
$1.61 for the home win is short enough but in this instance, it looks like a safe enough investment for single players. Victory are on a run of three consecutive wins, and 4 in the last 5, the only defeat in that run coming at home to Adelaide United.
Central Coast are winless in 4, and have only picked up points away from home at Brisbane [draw] and Wellington Phoenix, generally, their record against sides higher in the table have been very poor
Another thing to note is that Central Coast have failed to win any of the last 13 matches between the sides, a run that takes us back to April 2013. Melbourne have won 10 of those games
Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Betting Odds
Melbourne Victory $1.61
Central Coast $5.75 Don't rush out to back over 2.50 goals in this game, Mariners have lost their last two away games by only a single goal, and there is a 0-0 in the last 5 too. It is perfectly possible Victory could accomplish the goal on their own, but bear in mind that the win against Newcastle Jets here in the last home game was the first in 5 and the first in that run they had scored more than one themselves. They have far better form away from Melbourne this year
I might have considered the BTTS NO option until I saw only 2.08 was offered, so in the goal markets, Under 2.50 has the only appeal
Besart Berisha has not been scoring often enough to justify $4.33 favourite to be the first to score. Don't discount Leroy George at $8.00 who is always in the thick of the action as an alternative
Melbourne Victory Hyundai A-league Stats:
- Only won 1 of the last 5 home games
- But have won 4 of the last 5, and looking for a 4th consecutive win
- Only scored more than once, on one occasion at home in the last 5
Central Coast Mariners Hyundai A-League Stats:
- Have not scored for 372 minutes in A-League - Last four games!
- Only points in 5 away games have come against Wellington and Brisbane
- Last 5 games have all had 2 or less match goals
I don't think we have to over-complicate this game betting wise
Melbourne Victory Win at $1.61