Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners A-League Tips, Predictions and Preview - Mariners begin new era with F3 Derby

Gary Emmerson 13 Mar 2019
Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners interim coach Alen Stajcic takes charge of his first game when the A-League's bottom side face rivals Newcastle Jets in the F3 Derby at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday. 

Jets v Mariners kicks off at 5.35pm AEST at McDonald Jones Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction


Match Preview


Central Coast Mariners' sorry season hit rock bottom last weekend when they were beaten 8-2 by Wellington Phoenix and it cost coach Mike Mulvey his job.

Alen Stajcic takes over the reins after being appointed caretaker manager and his spell in charge begins with an F3 Derby at rivals Newcastle Jets.

With just one win and seven points earned all season, Stajcic may have a tough job turning things around at Central Coast. The wooden spoon looks increasingly likely with an eight-point gap to Brisbane Roar and only six games remaining.

The Jets have got themselves back into finals contention with a five-game unbeaten run, and Ernie Merrick's side now sit just four points behind sixth placed Melbourne City.

Newcastle enjoy last weekend off after earning a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory, and history suggests that their recent run of form won't come to an end on Saturday.

The Jets have won the last five F3 derbies and haven't lost at home to Central Coast in more the six years. Even with a new manager in place, there's little reason to expect that to change.

Match Odds


Newcastle Jets - $1.33
Central Coast Mariners - $8.00
Draw - $5.00

Stats


  • Newcastle Jets have won the last five F3 derbies against Central Coast Mariners
  • The Jets are unbeaten in the last eight meetings at home
  • The Mariners' last win in Newcastle came back in December 2012.

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Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners A-League Tips, Predictions and Preview - Mariners begin new era with F3 Derby

Central Coast Mariners interim coach Alen Stajcic takes charge of his first game when the A-League's bottom side face rivals Newcastle Jets in the F3 Derby at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.

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