Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners
Date: Friday, 26 April 2019
Kick-Off 10:50 UK / 11:50 CET
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne).
Melbourne City are looking ahead the easiest fixture to close the regular season with on Friday when rock-bottomed Central Coast Mariners come to visit AAMI Park. The Mariners were by far the weakest side in this term of A-League and they will finish the campaign at the very foot of the ladder regardless of the outcome of this tie.
The visitors claimed no more than 13 points in 26 matches in this term of A-League. They particularly struggled to perform on travels. Central Coast Mariners have a horrendous record of 1 win, 2 draws and 10 defeats in 13 league games on the road.
Interestingly, the Mariners ended a three-loss streak on Saturday when they saw off Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 at home. It was a match without any significance for either of teams, though.
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners: Head-to-head
It’s Central Coast Mariners who have a positive head to head record against the City Blues.
The Mariners won 11, drew 7 and lost 8 of 26 clashes against Melbourne City.
Both teams scored in three of past four head to head encounters.
Central Coast Mariners took a 2-1 victory when teams last played each other in late-January this year.
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners: Prediction
Melbourne City lost the battle for the 5th place on Sunday when they fell 3-2 away at Wellington Phoenix. However, the loss won’t affect their place in the post season play-offs as they can’t be dropped out of top-six regardless of what happens in this final round of the regular campaign.
Anyhow, we can expect a strong showing from the hosts who clearly want to finish the season on a high with a comprehensive victory against the weakest outfit in the competition. Melbourne City are unbeaten in last 11 home outings in A-League.
Backing the home win in a high-scoring affair has to be the way to go based on everything written above.
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners: Bet Tips
HT/FT Melbourne City/Melbourne City @ 1.83 (5/6)
Melbourne City to win & Over 3.5 goals FT @ 2.20 (6/5).