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Central Coast Mariners line up against away side Melbourne City at Central Coast Stadium in the A-League clash on Sunday.
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Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners enter this game following on from a 0-0 A-League stalemate vs Melbourne City.
Nick Montgomery's Central Coast Mariners have celebrated scoring a sum total of 7 times over their preceding six outings. At the other end, the tally of goals that they have conceded in that same time is 6.
Looking at their form, and Melbourne City have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 10 goals overall. Defensively, Melbourne City could really do with shoring things up. That sort of trend isn’t assured to be continued into this next game, however.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 26/04/2019 tells us that Central Coast Mariners have won 1 of these & Melbourne City 5, with the tally of drawn results standing at 0.
Those games weren’t short on goals, either, with 23 in all at an average of 3.83 goals per meeting.
The previous league meeting featuring the two was A-League match day 22 on 22/05/2021 when it finished Melbourne City 1-0 Central Coast Mariners.
On that day, Melbourne City managed 47% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Their only player to score was Craig Noone (59').
For their opponents, Central Coast Mariners got 7 shots on goal with 1 on target.
The referee was Shaun Evans.
Team News: Central Coast Mariners
The Central Coast Mariners manager Nick Montgomery will be thankful to have no fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash thanks to a completely healthy squad to choose from.
In our view, Mariners will possibly employ a 4-4-2 system in the match, beginning the first half with M. Romano Birighitti, Storm Roux, Ruon Tongyik, Kye Rowles, Jacob Farrell, Cy Goddard, Oliver Bozanic, Maximilien Balard, Beni Nkololo, Moresche and Marcos Urena.
Team News: Melbourne City
Thanks to a fully healthy group available to select from, the Melbourne City manager Patrick Kisnorbo has no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash.
It’s our belief that City seem most likely to elect for a 4-3-1-2 lineup, choosing Thomas Glover, Scott Galloway, Aiden O'Neill, Kerrin Stokes, Jordan Bos, Marco Tilio, Conor Metcalfe, Matthew Leckie, Florin Berenguer, Andrew Nabbout and Jamie Maclaren.
We’re inclined to think that Central Coast Mariners have it in them to put a goal past this Melbourne City side, although just one goal likely won’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re therefore expecting a close game with a 1-2 advantage for Melbourne City at full-time. Should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Central Coast Mariners
Stadium: Central Coast Stadium (20,059)
Captain: Oliver Bozanić
Chairman: Michael Charlesworth & Anton Tagliaferro
Manager: Nick Montgomery
Competitions: A-League position 5
⭐ Star Player: Marco Ureña
Customarily used in the Striker position, Marco Ureña was born in San José, Costa Rica. Having made his senior debut playing for Alajuelense in the 2007 - 2008 season, the talented Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in the A-League Men 2021 - 2022 season to date in 5 appearances.