Victory vs Mariners

The view from our man, Tom McDonald:

Match Details: Friday 14th April
7:50pm @ AAMI Park

H2H Betting (Bet365):
Melbourne Victory $1.33
Draw $6.00
Central Coast $10.00

Thoughts: Final round of the regular season gets underway tonightat AAMI Park where there is virtually no incentive for either team to win, which always makes for a difficult betting proposition. Victory will finish second regardless of the result, while even if the Mariners lose they will know the only way they can finish bottom is if Newcastle defeat Sydney, which is even more unlikely then getting a drink in a bar on Good Friday. Central Coast haven’t beaten Victory since 2013, a run of 11 matches. Victory have won 9/10 recent encounters against the Mariners, and have already defeated them 3-0 and 4-1 this season. I know Victory haven’t been scoring lately, failing to find the net in 4/5 previous league games, but their scoring record against the Mariners is super impressive, which is why I’ve gone for this bet. The home side have scored at least two goals in 10/10 previous encounters. With finals looming I’m sure Kevin Muscat’s side will want to put in a better performance then what they have been putting in lately. The Mariners conceded five last time they were away, and have lost 5/7 previous away games. Victory are undefeated at home to the Mariners in 9/9 league games, last losing at home to the Gosford side in 2009. Victory should be winning comfortably and hopefully they score a few for us.

Prediction: Melbourne Victory
Suggested Bet: Melbourne Victory +2.5 total team goals @ $1.80

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