Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners A-League Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Mariners winless in Victoria in last 17 matches

Andrew Hendrie 5 Nov 2019
  • Melbourne City host Central Coast Mariners in Round 5 of the A-League on Friday
  • Mariners haven't won in Victoria in their last 17 matches, losing 14 of them
City face Mariners on Friday (PA Images)

Melbourne City will be out to maintain their competition lead when they play host to an improving Central Coast Mariners outfit to launch A-League Round 5 action on Friday night.

City vs Mariners kicks off at 7.30pm AEDT at AAMI Park. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Save for their FFA Cup final thumping, it’s been an impressive start to the season for City, but they must be operating at the peak of their powers to overcome a confident Mariners side on Friday night.

City are undefeated after the first month of A-League action, drawing with Victory before registering three straight wins over Adelaide, Western United and Wellington.

Jamie Maclaren had scored all of their goals prior to their 3-2 triumph over Phoenix last week, with Scott Galloway, Craig Noone, and Conor Metcalfe getting on the scoresheet.



It was a confidence-boosting win for City and they now know they can net multiple goals without Maclaren - but can they hold off an in-form Mariners on Friday?

Central Coast are unbeaten since their opening round 2-1 defeat away to the high-flying Wanderers, drawing 1-1 with Newcastle, receiving the bye in Round 3 and posting a shock 2-1 victory away to last season’s minor premiers Perth.

It was the upset of the season so far, with goals from Daniel de Silva and Samuel Silvera handing the Mariners all three points and propelling them into the top six.

It’s been a bright start to the season for Central Coast, but they have a terrible recent record in Victoria, going winless in their last 17 matches, losing 14 of them. However, if they play like they did last week and with City less dangerous without Maclaren, this could be their best chance in years to pick up a result.

Match Odds


Melbourne City - $1.62
Central Coast Mariners - $5.50
Draw - $4.00

Stats


  • Mariners haven’t won in Victoria in their last 17 matches
  • Central Coast haven’t scored against City at AAMI Park in their last three encounters
  • City won 5-0 in their last clash at AAMI Park in April

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