Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City: Preview and Predictions

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City: Match Preview and Predictions-31st December 2016

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City
Australia A-League, Season 2016/17.
Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2016
Kick-Off: 5pm AEDT/ 6am UK
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast.

Central Coast Mariners will host Melbourne City on New Year’s Eve at Central Coast Stadium.

The Mariners are in ninth spot on the ladder with 9 points while City are fourth with 19 points. Last round saw Central Coast go down 4-1 to Melbourne Victory.

It was one of the most entertaining match of the previous round when Melbourne City played Perth Glory. The game ended 3-3 but it also had 3 penalties and red cards given.

A win for Central Coast should see them in eighth spot while a Melbourne win will move them up to third spot.

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City: Head-to-Head Statistics

  • Central Coast have the better head-to-head record with 11 wins compared to Melbourne’s 4.
  • However, Melbourne City have won the past 3 meetings including their last match back in round 20 of last season. That ended 4-1 victors to Melbourne City.
  • There have also been 4 draws but not one in the past 5 meetings between these sides.
  • In matches Melbourne City have played against Central Coast at Central Coast Stadium, City have only picked up 1 win and 1 draw in 9 matches.

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City: Predictions

A game where both sides would like to get a win before the New Year begins.

The short turnaround will hurt both teams as they only played a few days so recovery would have been the focal point for this game to make sure their players are ready for this match.

The Mariners need to find a way to stop conceding goals and the way to do is to stop the likes of Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill any room in the front third to show their class. For City, they need to take their opportunities. Despite scoring 3 goals last round, they missed 2 penalties which cost them a win so taking their scoring chances will be vital to take the 3 points.

The depth of Melbourne City’s team should prove to be too much for Central Coast Mariners and get an away win in this fixture.

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City: Bet Tips

Melbourne City to win at 1.50 (1/2).

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