Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Betting Preview – A-League, January 22, 2021
The Mariners were brought back down to earth by the Wanderers on Tuesday, but now the Yellow & Navy faces the toughest test in the A-League – Sydney FC.
The defending champions have made an unbeaten start to the season, picking up four points from a possible six. It goes without saying that they will be confident of seeing off CCM on Friday.
I discuss the bookmakers’ odds before sharing my Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners prediction and betting pick.
Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Odds
Well, this is what we expected, isn’t it?
Despite the Mariners (5.00) making a promising start to the 2020/21 A-League season, there is no denying that Sydney FC (1.57) should win this game.
The high price for the draw (4.33) might attract a bit of attention. However, you’d be brave to bet against the reigning champs.
Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Match Analysis
Before we go any further – cast your mind back to last season.
There was a mammoth 35-point gulf between these two sides in the final 2019/20 standings, with Sydney FC winning the title and the Mariners finishing rock bottom of the table.
It is also worth pointing out Steve Corica’s side did the double over Central Coast last term, claiming a 1-0 home win before securing a comfortable 3-0 victory on the road.
Anyway – back to this season.
The Sky Blues beat Wellington Phoenix 2-1 on the opening day, thanks to goals from Calem Nieuwenhof and Luke Brattan. Last time out, Corica’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by WSW, with Kosta Barbarouses scoring from the penalty spot.
The champions haven’t exactly hit the ground running this year, but they have still been doing enough to pick up positive results.
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Following the Mariners’ disastrous 2019/20 campaign, nobody was expecting them to upset the odds this season. However, Alen Stajcic’s side won their opening two games.
Not only did they win their first two matches, but they also did it without conceding a goal. Clean-sheet victories over Newcastle Jets and Macarthur FC saw the Yellow & Navy get off to the best possible start.
Despite registering 14 shots on Tuesday, Central Coast suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Wanderers. CCM almost held on to claim a draw, but a late Nicolai Muller goal handed WSW all three points.
Stajcic will be super pleased with how his team has kicked off the new campaign, but the challenge now is to build on the promising start. Needless to say, that won’t be easy against Sydney FC.
Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Prediction and Pick
Sydney FC to Win1.57
Don’t be fooled by the Mariners’ impressive start to the season. Sure, they have picked up a couple of decent results. But let’s not forget about Sydney FC’s dominance in this fixture over the years.
The Sky Blues were the best team in the country the last term, while Central Coast was undoubtedly the worst. With that in mind, backing Sydney FC is definitely the way to go here.