Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory – A-League, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

| March 7, 2022 4:43 am PDT

There are three A-League games taking place this Wednesday, March 9. In the early kick-off, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory go head-to-head in Gosford.

The Mariners picked up a much-needed win at the weekend, beating Brisbane Roar on home soil. However, they still find themselves tenth on the A-League ladder – seven points behind fifth-place Victory.

This Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory betting preview contains odds, analysis, my prediction, and a free pick for Wednesday’s clash. Let’s get right into it.

Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory Odds

Central Coast Mariners to Win2.70
The Draw3.40
Melbourne Victory to Win2.50

As you can see, the odds gap for this matchup is notably narrow. Melbourne Victory (2.50) is the marginal favorite, while Central Coast (2.70) is the outsider.

It is worth noting, however, that Nick Montgomery’s men have lost just one of their six home games this season. On the flip side, the Boys in Blue have managed to win only two of their five away outings.

That’s what the A-League betting sites make of this clash. Before we still on a Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory prediction, we need to take a closer look at both sides.

Can the Mariners Secure Their Second Straight Win?

When the Mariners won three of their opening five matches, they set themselves up for another successful season. But the good times didn’t last long.

The Coasties failed to win any of their seven games across January and February, recording two draws and five losses along the way. As a result, they plummeted to the foot of the A-League ladder.

Thankfully for Montgomery’s men, they came up against Brisbane last time out. The Queenslanders had lost seven of their 12 games before visiting Central Coast on Saturday – and they ended up leaving Gosford with another defeat to their name.

The Mariners ended their seven-match winless run with a 2-1 victory. Beni N’Kololo and Nicolai Muller both scored early in the second half before Juan Lescano netted a consolation goal for the Roar.

There is no denying that Central Coast overachieved last season. Nobody expected them to qualify for the finals series, let alone finish third on the ladder. However, last season’s achievements mean that more is expected of the team this year.

Although the Coasties find themselves third from bottom in the standings, they are only four points behind sixth-place Sydney FC. They also have games in hand over many of their rivals, so they will be confident of climbing the ladder in the coming months.

Will Victory Notch Three Straight Wins on Wednesday?

Meanwhile, Victory clinched an impressive 3-1 win over Macarthur FC last time out. Nicholas D’Agostino bagged a first-half brace before Marcos Rojas completed the scoring midway through the second half.

D’Agostino has netted six goals in 13 A-League outings this season. Ben Folami, Francesco Margiotta, and Nishan Velupillay have all scored twice this term, but there is no denying that D’Agostino has been the star of the show up to now.

Tony Popovic’s boys lost just one of their first eight league matches this season, picking up four wins and three draws in the process. But last month’s three-match losing streak halted the team’s progress.

However, Victory heads into Wednesday’s clash on the back of two straight wins. Funnily enough, they beat Central Coast 1-0 three weeks ago before getting the better of Macarthur in their previous game.

When you look at the bigger picture, the Boys in Blue have only lost four of their 13 A-League clashes this season. Despite their recent wobble, they remain in a strong position.

It is also worth pointing out that Victory boasts one of the best defensive records in the competition. Having let in 16 goals, only two sides – Western United and Perth Glory – have conceded fewer.

Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory Prediction

Since Victory has one of the stingiest backlines in the A-League, Wednesday’s clash is destined to be a low-scoring affair. Let’s not forget that Central Coast and Victory have both scored 19 goals this season.

On February 19, Victory claimed a 1-0 win over the Mariners. If it weren’t for Velupillay’s 94th-minute goal, however, the teams would have shared the points. When you look at the statistics from that game, there was very little between them.

Although Victory sits seven points ahead of Central Coast, I can see the Coasties getting something from this clash. Not only did the hosts push Victory all the way last month, but they also beat Brisbane in their previous match.

My Betting Pick for Mariners vs. Victory

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.40

I really like the look of the price for the draw here. The Mariners have been performing better than the A-League ladder suggests, so I expect them to give Victory a run for their money on Wednesday.

Montgomery’s men invariably up their game on home soil, too. With the Central Coast locals cheering them on, they should be able to avoid defeat. Claiming all three points could be tricky, but they are more than capable of snatching a draw.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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