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Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners Predictions & Tips - Top of the table clash

  • Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners predictions for Monday’s match
  • The game is being played at 8.05am GMT at AAMI Park
  • I’m tipping BTTS & a draw, with Jamie Maclaren to score
  • City’s Maclaren has scored 10 goals in his last 8 A-League matches
  • Preview, predictions, team news & stats
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Jamie Maclaren has scored 10 goals in his last 8 matches (Getty Images)
Athos Sirianos 21 Mar 2021
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Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners Predictions

 
Both Melbourne City and Jamie Maclaren are flying in 2021. They face their toughest test yet when they host league leaders Central Coast. I’m backing BTTS and a draw with Maclaren to score.

  • Melbourne City are unbeaten in their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne City have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 matches against Central Coast (A-League).
  • City’s Jamie Maclaren has scored 10 goals in his last 8 matches (A-League).
  • Central Coast are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 matches (A-League).
  • Central Coast have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).

Head to Head


Central Coast have a 12-11 advantage with seven draws in 30 matches. 

The last encounter saw Central Coast record a thrilling 3-2 victory. After falling two goals behind, the Mariners staged a second half comeback with midfielder Daniel De Silva scoring an 80th minute winner.

Melbourne City Form


Melbourne City have shot into title contention after four straight wins. 

A Jamie Maclaren doubled helped his side onto a 2-0 win away to the Western Sydney Wanderers, before City recorded its greatest win yet. 

The club punished rivals Melbourne Victory 6-0 in the derby, with midfielder Connor Metcalfe scoring a five minute brace while Maclaren also scored. 

City then saw off Macarthur after scoring three times inside 15 minutes to clinch a 3-0 win. Maclaren scored a second brace in three weeks, while ex-Bolton winger Craig Noone also contributed to the scoresheet.

Melbourne City Injuries & Team News


Midfielder Adrian Luna is out with a hamstring injury, while ex-Burnley attacker Aiden O’Neill is still recovering from a back problem.

Jamie Maclaren is in prime position to take home his second straight golden boot, with the Socceroo scoring 10 goals this season.

Central Coast Mariners Form


The Mariners continue to go from strength-to-strength as they sit atop of the competition.

Following their 3-2 loss to Adelaide, they bounced back in style to record a 2-1 away to Perth. Captain Matt Simon opened the scoring before midfielder Marcos Urena added the final blow midway through the second half.

A 2-0 win against Macarthur followed with Simon once again scoring, while debutant Matthew Hatch netted his first professional goal to seal the win. 

The Mariners would then share the points in a 2-2 draw with Perth in their second meeting. A 90th minute penalty slotted away by Simon ensured the Mariners walked away a point.

Central Coast Mariners Injuries & Team News


Defender Lewis Miller will be sidelined once again due to illness, with this being Central Coast’s only injury.

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Verdict

This top-of-the-table clash promises plenty of goals, with Maclaren in golden boot winning form and the Mariners continuing to shock the league. I’m backing BTTS and a draw with Maclaren to score.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes BTTS @-151.52 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Anytime Goalscorer: Jamie Maclaren Anytime Goalscorer @-151.52 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
First Goalscorer: Jamie Maclaren First Goalscorer @260.00 at Borgata Sports - 2 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @320.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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