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Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur Predictions & Tips - Derbyshire to continue golden boot push

  • Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur predictions for Sunday’s match
  • The A-Leagie clash is being played at 8am GMT at Central Coast Stadium
  • I’m tipping BTTS and over 2.5 goals with Matt Derbyshire to score
  • Derbyshire has scored 6 goals in his last 4 matches
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Matt Derbyshire has scored six goals in his last four matches. (Getty Images)
Athos Sirianos 07 Mar 2021
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Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur Predictions 

The Bulls and Mariners have put together several entertaining and high-scoring affairs this season. Macarthur striker Matt Derbyshire has impressed and is proving to be the recruit of the season. 

I’m tipping BTTS and over 2.5 goals with Derbyshire to score.

  • Central Coast have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 matches (A-League).
  • Central Coast have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (A-League).
  • Macarthur have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches (A-League).
  • Macarthur's Matt Derbyshire has scored 6 goals in his last 4 matches (A-League).

Head to Head

These two sides have only ever met once before. 

Macarthur won 2-0 with midfielders Daniel De Silva and Jordan Smylie scoring either side of half time away.

Central Coast Mariners Form

The Mariners continue to defy the odds in 2021. 

A 2-0 win against Wellington saw Central Coast record three straight wins and claim top position on the table. Club captain Matt Simon opened the scoring while fellow veteran Oliver Bozanic sealed the win with his goal just after half-time. 

Their run would come to an end, albeit controversially. The Mariners would go down 3-2 to Adelaide away from home, with the Reds receiving three penalties. 

Though Central Coast would quickly put this behind them as they defeated the in-form Perth Glory.

 Simon led from the front and opened the scoring on the night. Costa Rican import Marcos Urena scored his debut goal for the club with his 40th minute strike acting as the difference in the 2-1 win.

Central Coast Mariners Injuries & Team News

Head coach Alen Stajcic will have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Macarthur Form

Macarthur have enjoyed a steady start to their inaugural A-League season. 

The Bulls made a strong statement in their 4-0 win at home to Adelaide – their biggest so far. Striker Matt Derbyshire announced himself with a hattrick, while captain Mark Milligan netted his second for the season. 

Albeit this triumph was short-lived as the Bulls crashed back to earth in a 4-1 loss to Western United. But this did not seem to faze them all that much. 

Macarthur quickly picked themselves up and upset reigning champions 1-0 Sydney FC at home. Derbyshire’s goal separated the two sides, with the Bulls making the most of having the extra man after Sydney’s Paulo Retre was sent off.

Macarthur Injuries & Team News

Former Millwall fullback James Meredith will miss the match with a groin injury. 

Derbyshire has wasted little time adapting to his new surroundings. The ex-Blackburn Rovers striker has scored 7 goals in 10 matches and leads the A-League Golden Boot.

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Both sides are in exciting form and have not shied away from scoring plenty of goals. Matt Derbyshire also continues to impress each week with six goals in his last four.
I’m backing BTTS and over 2.5 goals with value on Derbyshire scoring.

Best Bets: BTTS Yes BTTS @-163.93 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Bets: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-138.89 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
Anytime Goalscorer: Matt Derbyshire Anytime Goalscorer @140.00 at Borgata Sports - 2 Units
First Goalscorer: Matt Derbyshire First Goalscorer @500.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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