Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United: All you need to know about this A-League match
Central Coast Mariners ended their winless start to the season in the most unexpected way last weekend as they condemned reigning Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC to a 2-0 defeat at the Central Coast Stadium.
To say this was a surprise is a bit of an understatement, but whilst nobody expected them to get something against such dominant opponents, it is obvious that they have shown signs of improvement recently.
Central Coast Mariners may have only won once this season, but they’ve only lost two of their six matches as well and despite their shaky start resulting in a 5-1 defeat to Newcastle Jets, they have held their own against Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar, and now Sydney FC.
Adelaide United started the season in decent form with a win and two draws, followed by a 2-1 win at Western Sydney Wanderers to take them to the FFA Cup Final. However, their 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle Jets last weekend makes it three defeats on the bounce, and they’ll be coming up against the renewed confidence of the Mariners.
Australia A-League – Season 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 16th November 2017
Kick-off at 8:50 UK/ 9:50 CET
Venue: Central Coast Stadium (Gosford).
Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United: Head-to-head
The Mariners won the first two meetings of last season, one at home and away before losing the third fixture at home to Adelaide.
Over the past three seasons, Adelaide had registered more wins over the Mariners, 6 wins against 3 losses.
Those 9 games saw both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
There are no draws in the last 22 meetings between the two sides in all competitions.
At home, Mariners won 2 and lost 3 from the last 5 A-League duels with Adelaide. They had previously on a 7 match unbeaten streak.
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Goalkeeper Thomas Glover is the only absentee for the hosts.
Adelaide United are without defensive trio Tarek Elrich, Ersan Gulum, and Taylor Regan, along with left midfielders Johan Absalonsen and Vince Lia.
Adelaide United have a huge match coming up just four days after this game. They play against Sydney FC in the FFA Cup Final, so there’s a good chance they will give some of their first team players a bit of a rest for this match.
The fact Adelaide United have only won one of their six A-League games this season is a very big worry, and with Central Coast Mariners only losing twice and gaining such a boost in morale last weekend, I don’t think they’ll lose here. The hosts should feel confident of getting another three points as well, so we’re backing a Central Coast Mariners Draw No Bet alongside a 2-1 correct score predictions.