Western United vs. Central Coast Mariners – A-League, April 17, 2021
The A-League heads to Tasmania this weekend, with Western United and Central Coast clashing in Launceston on Saturday, April 17.
United’s top-six hopes are hanging in the balance following an inconsistent run of results. On the flip side, the Mariners remain one point clear at the top of the ladder – ten points ahead of the Green & Black.
In this Western United vs. Central Coast Mariners betting preview, I look at the odds, assess both teams’ form, and share my prediction and betting pick for Saturday’s A-League showdown.
Western United vs. Central Coast Odds
With both sides priced at over 2.00, the bookmakers clearly believe this match will be close. Given that Central Coast (2.35) beat Western United (2.80) 3-2 earlier in the campaign, the bookies’ assessment is probably fair.
Still, the ten-point gulf between the teams is definitely worth considering when it comes to placing your Western United vs. Mariners bets.
Western United Form Assessment
Western United’s inconsistency is underlined by a crazy ten-match run, which has seen Mark Rudan’s side record five wins and five losses since late January.
Funnily enough, the Green & Black’s unpredictable streak began with a 3-2 loss to the Mariners. United was leading 2-1 with less than 15 minutes remaining before an Alou Kuol brace turned the game on its head.
Western has claimed impressive victories over Macarthur (4-1) and Melbourne Victory (4-3) since then, with a recent 2-1 win against Melbourne City emphasizing the team’s ability. But having suffered four defeats in their last seven outings, Rudan’s men obviously need to improve.
The Green & Black currently find themselves five points outside the top six, although they have three games in hand over sixth-place Western Sydney.
Having conceded a 90th-minute goal in a 3-2 loss to Wellington last weekend, Rudan’s men won’t exactly be full of confidence.
Can the Mariners Stay On Top?
After going eleven games without a draw at the beginning of the season (8 wins, 3 losses), the Mariners have now drawn three of their previous five matches.
Perth, Victory, and the Wanderers have all frustrated Central Coast recently, although it is worth pointing out that Stajcic’s men have only suffered one defeat in their last seven outings.
It is hardly surprising that Alou Kuol and Matt Simon were the stars of the show when the Mariners faced United back in February. Both men have seven goals and two assists to their name this term and have remained a constant threat throughout the campaign.
A spot in the Finals Series is all but secured for the Mariners. But having led the way for much of the season, they will be desperate to get their hands on the Premiership trophy.
If Kuol and Simon continue to fire – and the backline remains tight – Central Coast could achieve something very special this year.
Western United vs. Mariners Betting Pick
United and CCM produced a five-goal thriller in the reverse fixture. However, I can see Saturday’s game being a cagey affair. Neither side can afford to lose this one, so the draw is my Western United vs. Central Coast Mariners prediction.
The Mariners have done enough to avoided defeat in recent matches, but let’s not forget that they have drawn three of their last five outings.