Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City Betting Tips
Melbourne City got their A-League campaign off to the best possible start last weekend with a win in the Melbourne Derby against Melbourne Victory. That, however, only tells a fraction of the story.
It was Melbourne Victory who took the lead in the 28th minute to the delight of the home fans. To City’s credit they did not shy away from the challenge of coming from behind but the nature of their equaliser shortly before half time was highly controversial.
Referee, Kurt Ams, gave a free-kick to City for a pretty innocuous challenge on Bruno Fornaroli who clearly made the most of limited contact. The incident underwent a routine VAR review during which the video assistant (who were some 700km away) realised that contact was actually made on Fornaroli’s knee inside the box.
Ams was left with no choice but to award the penalty but it’s almost certain that he would not have punished such a light infringement with a penalty were he aware were the foul took place.
The home crowd and pundits including Mark Bosnich were hugely frustrated with the decision but the Melbourne City simply went about their business in a professional manner. After new signing, Ritchie de Laet converted from the spot, City built on their momentum and secured the three points thanks to a Riley McGree’s winner 20 minutes from time.
The fallout from the decision will continue for some time but City’s job now is to put it behind them and turn one win into a prolonged period of good form to kick their season off and announce themselves as genuine challengers.
That work begins on Saturday when they take on Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.
Will Bolt Circus Upset the Mariners’ Preparations
Usain Bolt’s unlimited trial with Central Coast Mariners is the story of the off-season in the A-League. You only have to look at the media circus that surrounded Bolt’s first two goals in professional soccer to understand that the Olympian’s presence at the club has taken some management.
For his part, Mariners head coach, Mike Mulvey, has routinely praised Bolt’s application and the fact that he is happy to be one of the lads.
That approach from Bolt may have changed recently as reports surface that the club have offered him a contract but for considerably less money than his representatives are angling for.
It remains to be seen whether Bolt will sign on the dotted line and be part of the Mariners’ squad for the A-League season but he won’t be playing on Saturday when Melbourne City visit.
Central Coast are looking to bounce back from throwing a win away an early lead in their opening draw with Brisbane Roar but we think they may be in for another frustrating match.
This is a Melbourne City side with something to prove and we think they’ll win $1.90 with bookmaker.com.au
Expect Goals for Both Sides in an Entertaining Match
Although they had to settle for a point, Central Coast began their A-League campaign very brightly with a goal inside the first five minutes.
They’ll be targeting a similarly fast start on Saturday but we think they’ll need to score multiple goals to have any chance of getting anything against Melbourne City.
This should be a very entertaining match which opens up a few options from with your A-League betting.
First, make sure to bet on over 2.5 goals which is available at $1.72 with Neds.
Second, take the $4.00 that bet365 are quoting on the game’s first goal being scored inside the opening 10 minutes.
Finally, we like the look of the draw/Melbourne City selection in Unibet’s half time/full time market. City came strong late on in the derby and can do likewise to snatch the win against Central Coast Mariners.
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City Top Betting Tips
Melbourne City to win at $1.90 with bookmaker.com.au
Over 2.5 goals at $1.72 with Neds
First goal to be scored inside first 10 minutes at $4.00 with bet365
Draw/Melbourne City in half time/full time at $5.10 with Unibet