STAR PREVIEW: Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City

Football fans will have been knocked back by yesterday’s news that football won’t be returning to these shores until May at the earliest but there is some cheering news in the shape of A-League football continuing.

Melbourne City – and yes, they are the Australian sister club to Manchester City – have gone on a decent run of form, beating Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory to put themselves second, although they are still ten points behind Sydney FC, who are in pole position to take the title if it finishes.

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City
Hyundai A-League
6:30am BT Sport 1

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
NOV 2019 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Melbourne City 3-1 Central Coast Mariners
APR 2019 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Melbourne City 5-0 Central Coast Mariners
JAN 2019 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Central Coast Mariners 2-1 Melbourne City
OCT 2018 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Melbourne City
APR 2018 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Melbourne City 1-0 Central Coast Mariners
JAN 2018 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Melbourne City
DEC 2017 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Melbourne City 1-0 Central Coast Mariners
MAR 2017 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Melbourne City
JAN 2017 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Melbourne City 2-1 Central Coast Mariners
DEC 2016 AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Melbourne City

This is a very good time for them to be facing the hosts, who have lost nine straight games, and the visitors have the quality to make that ten here. As one of the many clubs following the Manchester City model, Melbourne’s business has been excellent with new striker Jamie Maclaren scoring 15 league goals this term since arriving whilst bringing winger Markel Susaeta and Jack Hendry into the fold has turned them into a team that looks as if they can get closer to FC Sydney as long as the season keeps on running. In the past month Central Coast Mariners have received comprehensive defeats to both Western United (6-2) and Wellington Phoenix (3-1) and Sydney FC (3-0) and Melbourne City could fill their boots if keeping up their recent form. It’s also interesting to note that five of their six home defeats have come by either a 3-1 or 3-0 scoreline – both could be value options here.

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