Match preview: Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne City will be out to regain some momentum ahead of the Hyundai A-League Finals Series when they take on Central Coast Mariners on Friday night.
Warren Joyce’s men saw their top-four hopes officially extinguished on Easter Sunday after a thrilling 3-2 loss against Wellington Phoenix.
It continued an inconsistent period for City, who have registered two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six matches.
So trying to get a read on how they will go – even against the last-placed Mariners – is no easy task, although City remain a tough nut to crack at home.
The Mariners will head south with some renewed confidence after a spirited 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.
Skipper Matt Simon was superb, scoring a double as the Gosford club continued to show encouraging signs under interim boss Alen Stajcic.
It has been another tumultuous season for the Mariners, but a win in this one would certainly give them something to build on ahead of a vitally important off-season.
Interestingly, City is the only club yet to get a win over Central Coast this season, with the Mariners recording a win and a draw from the previous two encounters, both played in Gosford.
Key Opta stats
- Melbourne City have won five straight matches against Central Coast at AAMI Park. The Mariners last beat the Melbourne side there in March 2014.
- 55% of Hyundai A-League goals this season for Central Coast Mariners have come in the first-half of matches; the highest proportion of any side.
- City are currently enjoying an 11-game unbeaten streak at AAMI Park; winning six times and drawing on five occasions.
Ins and outs
Teams will be announced later this week.
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Round 27: Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners