Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle JetsA League, KO: 10:05 Jun 1, 2021, Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners will continue their push for a first ever playoff appearance when they host Newcastle Jets in an A-League fixture at the Central Coast Stadium. The Mariners appear to be coming into some form at the right time and should be too strong for the league’s bottom team.
Daniel De Silva scored the winner as Central Coast Mariners fought back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory at Macarthur last time out in the A-League. An equaliser from Jack Clisby had put them level at the break before De Silva netted the winner.
It was a much-needed win for the Mariners as it put them in firmly in the race for the playoffs. They are up to third on the table, five points above Wellington Phoenix just outside the playoff places and will seal a spot in the finals with a win on Tuesday.
Alen Stajcic’s men have shown some good form lately, suffering just one defeat in their last five matches. They have also won two of their last three fixtures with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets among their results in that run.
Newcastle Jets are coming off a 2-1 home defeat against Brisbane Roar in their previous A-League fixture. It was yet another poor performance from the Jets, who only got on the scoresheet thanks to an own goal from Brisbane’s Jay O’Shea.
It has been a poor campaign for Craig Deans' team, who have claimed just three wins from 23 matches this season. They travel to the Central Coast Stadium winless in their last 14 matches, suffering 11 defeats in that run.
Newcastle Jets have also struggled on their travels with five defeats in their last six away matches. They have one of the worst defensive records in the league and have conceded six goals in their last three matches on the road.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have Central Coast Mariners as overwhelming favourites with SBK offering 5/8 for a home win. A victory for Newcastle Jets is set at odds of 9/2 by BetVictor while a draw is set at odds of 16/5 by SBK.
With Newcastle Jets losing five of their last six away matches, I am leaning towards a victory for Central Coast Mariners.
Head to head
Central Coast Mariners have an 18-17 advantage with 19 draws from 54 previous matches against Newcastle Jets. They have also won the last two meetings, including a 1-0 victory in the most recent fixture earlier in May.
Players to watch
Matt Simon has scored 10 A-League goals for Central Coast Mariners this season and was also on target in the last meeting against Newcastle Jets. The striker is priced at 6/5 by bet365 to score anytime while the first goal is set at odds of 4/1 by the same firm.
Roy O’Donovan has been the one shining light in a disappointing campaign for Newcastle Jets having scored six goals this season. The Irish striker will be hoping for some luck on Tuesday and is priced at 23/10 with Sporting Index in the anytime goalscorer market.
Anything else catch the eye?
Central Coast Mariners have kept clean sheets in their last three matches against Newcastle Jets and a repeat might be worth a punt at 29/20 with Sporting Index. A win to nil could also be considered at 9/5 with betway.
Given Newcastle Jets’ poor recent form, the Mariners could be backed in the -1 handicap market at 7/4 with Red Zone. They could also be backed to score in both halves at 7/5 with Sporting Index.
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