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Bitesize Prediction: Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC – 18/05/24

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 16 May 2024

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Competition: A-League play-offs

Market: Central Coast Mariners draw no bet

Odds: 7/10 @ BetUS

Looking to finish off the job and book their spot in this season’s play-off final, Central Coast will welcome Sydney to the Industry Group Stadium on Saturday morning.

Starting with the hosts, only continuing on what has been an iconic A-League romp this season, Central Coast appear to be sat in the driving seat to complete a famous silverware sweep. Making real history on May 5th as they were crowned AFC Cup champions, the Mariners are riding an astonishing wave of momentum and have rightfully received a string of plaudits from across the globe. Making a first-leg statement when they travelled to Sydney last weekend as they secured a 2-1 victory, Mark Jackson’s men find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high, Signing off their regular-season adventure with a routine 2-0 win against Adelaide earlier in the month, Central Coast have now won all of their previous five appearances across all competitions by an aggregate score of 11-2. Unbeaten in all of their last nine showdowns, Jackson’s side have also found a major clinical edge in the final third. In fact, Saturday’s hosts have notched 18 goals in just their previous seven appearances at the Industry Group Stadium.

As for the visitors, hit with that 2-1 loss when they welcomed Central Coast to town for their first-leg meeting last weekend, Sydney appear to have an almighty challenge on their hands here. Struggling to find any kind of stability over the past couple of months, the Sky Blues have won just a trio of their previous seven appearances against A-League opposition and they couldn’t have asked for a tougher challenge on Saturday morning. Pencilled in as a real underdog contender with the bookmakers, Ufuk Talay’s men have continued to show some extended issues away from the Allianz. Last seen on their travels falling to a toothless 1-0 loss against MacArthur, Sydney managed to muster just a sole point from any of their final four away fixtures this season. Likewise, not collecting a single A-League clean sheet on the road since April of last year, a home draw no bet can be found at appealing odds on Saturday morning.

Bet: Central Coast Mariners draw no bet against Sydney FC 7/10 for Saturday’s A-League showdown @ BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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