Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix
Date: Sunday, 31 December 2017
Kick-Off: 08:00 UK
Venue: Central Coast Stadium (Gosford).
Both Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix have been struggling badly in this term of A-League coming into weekend’s clash at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford. The Mariners opened the season in somewhat of a promising fashion, but they’ve dropped out of the playoffs spots after a run of three consecutive losses.
The manager Paul Okon has his main issues concerned with his team’s attacking displays since the Mariners could not find the back of the net in any of last three league ties. They did not concede plenty either which is encouraging ahead of the clash with the rock-bottomed side.
Okon’s men do have the capacity of harming anyone in front of the home crowd and they’ve best proven it in mid-November when they’ve stunned the reigning champions Sydney 2-0 in Gosford. Okon clearly lacks a predator in the final third since he does not have a single man who has managed to net more than two goals so far in the season.
His colleague on the opposite side, Darije Kalezic, does not share similar troubles as his star man Andrija Kaludjerovic already has eight goals to his name. The Serbian striker was on target last weekend when he netted the consolation goal in a demolishing 1-4 loss to Sydney.
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix: Predictions
The Nix sit firmly at the foot of the A-League standings with no more than six points in 11 matches so far. They’ve lost four and drawn one of last five league ties which is why we see them as a perfect opposition for Central Coast Mariners to return on the winning ways after a poor run of their own.
The hosts have the capacity of holding in-form Kaludjerovic and we just have to back them to pick up the spoils at the odds of 2.00 this Sunday.
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix: Bet Tips
• Central Coast Mariners to win 2.00
• Central Coast Mariners to keep a clean sheet 3.25
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix: Head-to-head
The hosts lead the head to head tie by two wins ahead of their 37th encounter with Wellington.
The Mariners clinched a demolishing 1-4 win when the two sides met each other a month ago at Westpac Stadium.
Prior to that, the Nix enjoyed a run of three consecutive clean sheet wins over Central Coast in A-League.