Western United FC vs Central Coast Mariners
Australia – A-League
Date: Sunday, 19 January 2020
Kick-off at 5:00 UK/ 6:00 CET
Venue: GMHBA Stadium (Geelong).
The Mariners have been one of the worst teams in the league the last few years. On top of that they are on the road this week. Suffice it to say, Western United will gun for the three points this Sunday. However, the inexperience of the hosts (they are a newly-formed club) could act against them.
Western United FC vs Central Coast Mariners Head-to-head (h2h)
- Only once have these two met on the pitch, and it was the reverse fixture of this encounter. Then, the Mariners won at home with a 1-0 scoreline.
Western United FC vs Central Coast Mariners Prediction
Western United were on the road the last match-day, and had taken on tough customer Melbourne City. Expectedly, the hosts ran off to a great start.
In the first half itself, they put up a 3-0 lead. However, United scored twice back, and were just unlucky to not have drawn the game. The match thus ended 3-2, in favor of Melbourne.
Meanwhile, Mariners recorded a thrilling comeback win the previous game week. They were at home, and twice were trailing behind Melbourne Victory. Still, they managed to record a 3-2 win, and two of their three goals had come in the 90+4th and 90+10th minutes.
This Sunday however, the away handicap of the Mariners could cost them. They are notoriously bad away from home, and in fact are the worst road team in the whole competition.
They have scored the least number of goals away from home in the league, and have lost all of their road fixtures, bar one.
On the other hand, Western United are placed much higher in the table, and have the home advantage as well. Also, they are just six points off the second position, and a win this match-day could help them a lot in improving their standing in the table.
Going on, while it’s not glaringly evident that Western United would be a dominant force this Sunday, the struggles of the Mariners on the road have been to such an extent, that we consider the hosts to be the favorites.
Moreover, Central Coast Mariners had finished dead-last in three of the previous four seasons of the A-League.
Likely, opt for the safer DNB on Western United this game week.
However, do note that the hosts are playing their first professional season, and are severely inexperienced. Also, the sole h2h game was won by the Mariners, and on top of that, the guests are high in confidence after their thrilling win the last match-day.
In addition, Western United conceded three or more goals in their latest two match-ups, and they have never kept a clean sheet in front of the home crowd.
Considering these observations, it’s estimated that the BTTS option has a great potential to make big returns as these two take the pitch.
Western United FC vs Central Coast Mariners Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Western United @ 1.44 (4/9)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).