Market: Under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport
In a matchup between two sides who have shown a host of issues at the back end of the campaign, Central Coast will welcome Western United to New South Wales on Saturday morning.
Starting with the hosts, while the Central Coast Mariners might have been handed a golden chance earlier in the week, it was nothing short of a woeful display from Alen Stajcic’s side. Coming up against a Newcastle Jets side who found themselves in the midst of a nightmare 14-match winless run, The Yellow & Navy were hit with a deserved 2-0 defeat on home soil, a result that saw them come under real scrutiny. Largely failing to build off of what was an extremely eye-catching start to the 2021 campaign, Central Coast have now managed to muster just a pair of A-League wins from their last 10 straight contests, a run that stems all the way back to the start of April. Showing some recent problems on home soil, it should also be noted that Stajcic’s men have failed to bag more than a single strike in six of their last seven appearances.
As for the visitors, while Central Coast might be limping their way over the finish line, Western United have only continued on what has been a horror run of form. Last seen getting hit with a 2-1 defeat against Macarthur on home soil and failing to bounce back from the dreadful hammering against fellow strugglers Melbourne Victory a week ago, the pressure is really on Mark Rudan’s shoulders. Losing each of their last seven A-League matchups on the spin and managing to muster just a single point since April 26th, The Victoria-based outfit have recorded just a pair of strikes in almost 600 minutes of action. In a real battle between two sides showing a host of issues at the back end of the campaign, we’re backing what should be another low-key affair in New South Wales this weekend.
Bet: Under 3.5 goals at Central Coast Mariners vs Western United 1/2 for Saturday’s A-League showdown @ 888sport
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