Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix A-League Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Phoenix looking to regroup amongst race for top six

Andrew Hendrie 6 Mar 2019
  • Central Coast Mariners host Wellington Phoenix in Round 21 of the A-League on Saturday
  • Phoenix haven't won in their last four trips to Gosford
Mariners face Phoenix on Saturday

Wellington Phoenix attempt to establish some breathing in the race for a top six spot when they take on bottom-placed Central Coast Mariners to conclude A-League Round 21 action on Saturday night.

Mariners vs Phoenix kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at Central Coast Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Phoenix will be determined to pick up all three points against the struggling Mariners as the Kiwi club look to get their finals aspirations back on track.

Wellington held a 10-point lead over the seventh-placed Newcastle Jets not so long ago, but having played an extra game with the split round across the last two weekends, Ernie Merrick’s side have climbed to within two points of Phoenix following their shock 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

It leaves Wellington with barely any wriggle room if they don’t beat the Mariners in Gosford on Saturday night - something they haven’t done in their last four meetings at the venue.

Furthermore, Phoenix haven’t won in their last four games, drawing with Newcastle and Victory and losing to Perth and Sydney. If ever there was a time to snap their run, this is it.

Central Coast meanwhile are almost certainly on course for another wooden spoon following a nightmare campaign that has seen them win just once in 20 rounds.

In saying that, the Mariners have improved slightly since the turn of the year and played their part in a thrilling 5-3 defeat to Brisbane in their last outing.

Considering they’re unbeaten against Phoenix in Gosford in their last four games and have kept a clean sheet in two of those encounters, the Mariners will be confident of claiming a result on Saturday night. And with Phoenix playing their fifth game away from Wellington on the trot, they may just have a chance.

Match Odds


Wellington Phoenix - $2.00
Central Coast Mariners - $3.40
Draw - $3.60

Stats


  • Phoenix haven’t won in Gosford in their last four encounters
  • Wellington have however won five of their last eight games against Central Coast
  • Mariners have conceded 48 goals this season - the most of any club

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Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix A-League Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Phoenix looking to regroup amongst race for top six

Wellington Phoenix attempt to establish some breathing in the race for a top six spot when they take on bottom-placed Central Coast Mariners to conclude A-League Round 21 action on Saturday night.

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