Market: Wellington Phoenix win
Odds: 10/11 @ Bet 365
With the chance to potentially climb into the AFC Champions League spots this week, a high-flying Wellington will make the trip to a rock-bottom Central Coast in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Starting with the hosts, hit with what was a woeful 6-2 defeat away at Western United last weekend, it is no surprise that Central Coast are a landslide favorite to once again lift the wooden spoon this year. Now sat five points adrift at the foot of the table and in the midst of what has been a dreadful seven-match losing run, fans around the Central Coast Stadium have also seen their side continue to show some glaring issues on home soil. Along with now shipping nine goals in back-to-back defeats, Alen Stajcic’s men have lost their last three matches in front of their own supporters, including a 3-0 hammering against Sydney last month. With the mood in their camp at a season-low, the Mariners could be in for yet another long morning’s work on Sunday.
As for the visitors, putting in another eye-catching display and picking up a 2-0 win over Western United last weekend, Wellington Phoenix find themselves in the midst of another purple patch. Landing back-to-back victories and collecting nine points out of a possible 12 over the past month, the New Zealand outfit now sit within three points of climbing into the AFC Champions League spots. Led by leading marksman Ulises Davila who has reached double digits this season, Wellington also hold a stellar record against the A-League strugglers. Along with picking up a 3-1 win when they hosted Central Coast earlier in the season, Sunday’s guests have won each of their last four straight meetings against Stajcic’s men and should be looking to make another statement this weekend.
Bet: Wellington Phoenix 10/11 to beat the Central Coast Mariners in Sunday’s A-League contest @ Bet 365
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