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Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory: All you need to know about this A-League match

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Central Coast Mariners came into this season with high hopes after they showed a significant improvement last season, but their hopes were quickly dashed in early October as they were battered 5-1 at home to Newcastle Jets in the new season opener.

They followed that by fighting back to a respectable 2-2 draw at Western Sydney Wanderers, but quickly slipped back to losing ways last weekend at Perth Glory. They will take heart from the fact they have scored in all three of their games so far, but the fact they have shipped nine in just three games illustrates their vulnerability at the back.

This will be something that Melbourne Victory will be looking to pounce upon, because they’re in need of a morale boosting win themselves at the moment. They were second only to Sydney FC in both the Premiership and the Championship last term, but they haven’t really got going this season so far.

The visitors began by hosting the A-League double champions Sydney FC, losing that game 1-0 and then losing against their cross-city rivals Melbourne City the following weekend. They visited the in form Adelaide United last week, drawing 2-2 to bring an end to an awfully difficult start to their season.

Central Coast Mariners should pose less of a threat to the three points than the previous three opponents of Victory. The hosts are just as bad on home soil as they are on their travels. Four of their last five home league games have ended in defeat, and they have shipped a huge 14 goals in this period as well.

 

Match Facts:

Australia A-League 2017-18

Date: Sunday, 29 October, 2017

Kick off at: 9.00 CET/ 13.30 IST

Venue: Central Coast Stadium (Central Coast)

 

Head to Head:

Melbourne Victory have won seven and drawn one of their last eight meetings with Central Coast Mariners, not losing to them since 2013.

 

Head to Head Stats:

Central Coast Mariners have lost 80% of their last five home league games, and have lost 83% of their last 12 meetings with Melbourne Victory.

 

Team News:

Central Coast Mariners~

Central midfielder Kye Rowles is sidelined with a knee injury.

Melbourne Victory~

Melborune Victory are expecting a fully fit squad with them on Sunday

 

Prediction:

Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Melbourne Victory