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Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory Predictions & Tips - Mariners to beat struggling Victory

  • Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory predictions for Saturday’s match
  • The game is being played at 8.10am GMT at Central Coast Stadium
  • I’m tipping BTTS & Central Coast to win, with value on over 3.5 goals
  • Central Coast have seen over 3.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 A-League matches against the Victory
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Central Coast have seen over 3.5 goals in five of their last six against Melbourne Victory (Getty Images)
Athos Sirianos 26 Mar 2021
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Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory Predictions 


Central Coast are flying while Melbourne Victory continue to languish at the bottom of the table. The Victory have conceded 17 goals from their last four matches and are without several key players. 

I’m tipping over 3.5 goals, with BTTS and a Mariners win.

  • Central Coast have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Central Coast have won 3 of their last 4 home matches (A-League).
  • Central Coast have seen over 3.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 against the Victory (A-League).
  • Melbourne Victory have lost their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne Victory have seen over 3.5 goals in in their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne Victory have seen BTTS in their last 8 matches against Central Coast (A-League).

Head to Head


Melbourne Victory have a 23-11 advantage in the head-to-head with 11 draws in 45 matches. 

Their last meeting was a dramatic five goal thriller with Central Coast winning 3-2. 

Trailing 2-1 with five minutes to go, young forward Dylan Ruiz-Diaz won the game for the Mariners with a late brace.

Central Coast Mariners Form


Central Coast remain on top of the A-League table with five wins from their last eight matches. 

Goals either side of half-time to captain Matt Simon and debutant Matthew Hatch saw the Mariners defeat Macarthur 2-0 for the second time this season. 

Simon was on target the following week as well, albeit from the penalty spot. His 90th minute spot kick saw the Mariners walk away with a point against Perth in a 2-2 draw. 

The side’s three-match unbeaten run came to an end against Melbourne City away from home in a 2-0 loss. The Mariners were denied a late chance after the referee upheld his decision not to award them a penalty, despite consulting with the VAR.

Central Coast Mariners Injuries & Team News


Midfielder Gianni Stensness will miss this match with a foot injury. Aside from this, the Mariners will come in with a fully fit line-up.

Melbourne Victory Form


Melbourne Victory’s season continues to spiral out of control. 

They sit bottom of the table and have lost their last four matches, having conceded 17 goals across those games.

The club suffered their worst-ever defeat when they went down 6-0 to Melbourne City in the derby. A 3-1 loss to Adelaide followed, despite midfielder Jake Brimmer opening the scoring. 

Their most recent match saw them suffer a 4-1 defeat away to Wellington.

Melbourne Victory Injuries & Team News


Forward Marco Rojas is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. 

Defenders Ryan Shotton and Dylan Ryan will sit out with groin and knee injuries respectively. 

Ex-Middlesbrough forward Rudy Gestede is also unavailable due to a knee injury.

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Verdict

It’s top-versus-bottom in the A-League. Central Coast have a strong record at home, while the Victory have conceded heavily in their last four losses.
 
I’m backing over 3.5 goals, with BTTS & Mariners to win.

Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals Total Goals @160.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Mariners Win & BTTS Match Result/BTTS @220.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Mariners 3-1 Win Correct Score @1100.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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