A-League: Melbourne City FC vs Central Coast Mariners- All you need to know about this match
Melbourne City started the season in fine form as they won their opening four Hyundai A-League matches, but they hit a stumbling block when star striker Bruno Fornaroli picked up a long term injury, and they have been in decline ever since.
Last weekend they did manage to get a 2-1 win away to the in form Newcastle Jets, but prior to that they were winless in four league matches and had lost three of them. This has seen them slip six points adrift of leaders Sydney FC, a margin that will be hard to make up, considering how little points Sydney FC give up.
Central Coast Mariners have had a difficult few years, but this year looks to be a potentially table turning campaign. They did open with a dismal 5-1 loss at home to Newcastle Jets, a result which had all the fans expecting more of the same disappointment from the 2017/18 campaign.
However, since then things have improved significantly. Last weekend they beat Perth Glory 1-0 at home to make it three wins from their last four league matches, and they have actually only lost three of their nine outings so far this season.
This has pushed them to the dizzy heights of 4th in the table, and whilst there are four points between them and their opponents, a win on Sunday would put them in a great position for leapfrogging Melbourne City.
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners
Date: 10th December 2017
Kick off at 08:00 UK / 09:00 CET/13.30 IST
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne).
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners: Head to head
It’s Central Coast Mariners who’ve had more success in head to head meetings with Melbourne City over the course of history.
Nonetheless, the Citizens have entirely dominated this match-up in the most recent years since they’ve won five and drawn one of six previous encounters with the Mariners.
Melbourne City FC
Left midfielder Marcelo Carrusca and star striker Bruno Fornaroli are sidelined for the hosts.
Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners are hoping for a fully fit squad on Sunday.
Despite the Mariners’ success this season the hosts are still touted as comfortable favourites in the bookies eyes. This looks to be a mistake in our opinion. Melbourne City have won just two of their five home league games this season and have failed to win their last three, and they’re coming up against a Mariners side with just one defeat in their four away games this season.
All of this points towards a successful morning for the visiting Mariners, and backing a Central Coast Mariners draw with a 1-1 correct score predictions.