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Melbourne Victory line up against visitors Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park in this A-League match on Sunday.
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Melbourne Victory will be looking for an improved result here following a 1-0 A-League loss in their previous game against Sydney FC.
In that game, Melbourne Victory managed 38% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. On the other side, Sydney FC had 17 attempts on goal with 10 on target. Bobô (6') was the scorer for Sydney FC.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where Melbourne Victory have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Victory have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 games, letting in 17 goals in the process.
Coming into this clash, Melbourne Victory have not won against Central Coast Mariners in their last 3 league games.
Central Coast Mariners
Since being beaten in their last game against Brisbane Roar in A-League competition, Central Coast Mariners will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Central Coast Mariners managed 55% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. On the other side, Brisbane Roar got 8 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Macaulay Gillesphey (19'), Joe Champness (56'), Alex Parsons (89') and Masato Kudo (90') scored for Brisbane Roar.
The stats don’t lie, and Central Coast Mariners have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 11 goals in total. In defence, Mariners have not been doing too well. That sort of pattern won’t necessarily follow through into this match, though.
Coming into this clash, Central Coast Mariners are without a win away from home in their last 3 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 11/11/2018 shows that Melbourne Victory have won 3 of them & Central Coast Mariners 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
Those games weren’t short on goals, either, with 25 in total at an average of 4.17 goals per match.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was A-League match day 3 on 27/03/2021 which ended up with the score at Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Melbourne Victory.
In that game, Central Coast Mariners managed 58% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Their only player to score was Marco Ureña (30').
Melbourne Victory had 7 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. Callum McManaman (20') was the scorer.
The referee was Alireza Faghani.
Team News: Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory manager Steve Kean will be thankful to have no fitness concerns at all coming into this match owing to a completely healthy group available to select from.
Team News: Central Coast Mariners
Thanks to a fully healthy group to pick from, Central Coast Mariners manager Alen Stajčić doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all before this clash.
We believe that Melbourne Victory are capable enough to score a goal against this Central Coast Mariners outfit, however a single goal probably shouldn’t be as many as they will have scored against them.
Our tip is for a 1-2 winning score for Central Coast Mariners at the end of the match. Expecting it to be very competitive.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AAMI Park (30,050)
Captain: Leigh Broxham
Chairman: Anthony Di Pietro
Manager: Steve Kean
Competitions: A-League position 11
⭐ Star Player: Callum McManaman
Mostly playing in the Right Wing position, Callum McManaman was born in Knowsley, England. Having made his senior debut playing for Wigan Athletic in the 2008 - 2009 season, the talented Forward has managed 3 league goals in this A-League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 13 appearances.