Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast Mariners – A-League, May 15, 2021
Let’s face it – Newcastle and Central Coast are both in desperate need of a win.
Sure, the Jets’ winless streak (12 games) is far longer than Central Coast’s (6 games). But with a host of teams chasing a Finals Series berth, the Mariners will be anxious about dropping out of the top six.
Last-place Newcastle welcomes CCM to McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, May 15, with 19 points separating the two sides on the A-League ladder.
In this Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast betting preview, I discuss the odds, analyze the teams, and give my prediction and pick.
Newcastle vs. Central Coast Odds
It is no secret that Central Coast has endured a downturn in form lately, but Alen Stajcic’s side should be the favorite to win this game, at least in my eyes.
With Newcastle as the marginal favorite here, the betting sites see it differently. That said, the odds gap for this matchup is extremely narrow.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Can the Jets End Their 12-Game Winless Run?
The Jets last tasted victory all the way back on February 21. Since then, they have registered nine defeats and three draws.
A club-record seven-match losing streak between February and April well and truly derailed Newcastle’s season. Although Craig Deans’ men have managed to draw three of their last five outings, they still find themselves rooted to the foot of the ladder.
In fairness, the Jets have prevented some strong teams from winning in recent weeks. Following back-to-back draws with Perth Glory and Macarthur, the strugglers were beaten by Western United and Melbourne City before holding Sydney FC.
It looked as though Newcastle might beat the defending champions last weekend, but a late Nigel Boogaard’s own goal canceled out Roy O’Donovan’s penalty. Deans’ men can be proud of their efforts against Sydney.
Still, the Jets must start scoring more goals if they want to avoid the wooden spoon.
Will the Mariners Avoid Another Draw?
After suffering a hefty 4-0 loss at the hands of Brisbane a fortnight ago, the Mariners will be pleased to have held the Roar to a goalless draw on Wednesday.
In fact, having racked up 20 shots to Brisbane’s 11, CCM may even be slightly disappointed to have come away with only one point in midweek.
Stajcic’s men have turned into the A-League’s draw specialists over the past couple of months, drawing six of their previous ten games. They have only been able to pick up one win during that period, but they have avoided enough defeats to keep themselves in contention for a top-six finish.
Given that the Yellow & Navy have only suffered three losses in their last 12 matches, they are still in a strong position.
With Marcos Urena (4 goals, 3 assists) on the verge of returning from suspension, the Mariners are set to benefit from a much-needed creative spark, having only scored once in their previous three outings.
My Newcastle vs. Central Coast Betting Pick
Central Coast Mariners to Win2.60
Of course, the Mariners have taken a turn for the worse recently; we all know that. But in my eyes, a trip to Newcastle provides them with the perfect opportunity to get back on track and return to winning ways.
Although Central Coast hasn’t been firing on all cylinders, the Jets don’t seem to have any cylinders at the moment! That’s why the away win is my Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast Mariners pick.