Central Coast Mariners vs. Macarthur: which team is the favorite?
Central Coast Mariners vs. Macarthur Sydney: forecast and betting options for the Australian Championship match on June 12, 2021
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Within the quarter-finals of the Australian A-League, Central Coast Mariners and Macarthur will meet on June 12. Who will be able to pass to the next stage, and for whom will this fight be the last one this season? Read about it in our forecast.
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Central Coast Mariners finished the first stage of the season somewhat ambiguously, alternating victorious matches with unsuccessful ones. In May, Alen Stajčić's wards won two victories, beating Newcastle Jets (1:0) and their current opponent (2:1). They drew the same number of times, sharing points with Melbourne Victory (1:1) and Brisbane Roar (0:0). And they lost once, failing to oppose anything to Melbourne City (0:1).
June began with a fiasco, the team unexpectedly lost to the Jets at home (0:2), which they had beaten two weeks earlier. The finish turned out on a positive note, taking three points in the match with Western United (2:0), which allowed them to win third place. In case of reaching the semifinals, this will allow avoiding a meeting with Melbourne City, which no one wants to get to.
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Macarthur in any case can add this season to their asset since it became their debut. Not without difficulty, but the "Bulls" still managed to stay in the Top-6, solving the issue of getting into the playoffs one round before the end of the regular season.
Now the main task for Ante Milicic's team is to get out of the turbulence zone which the players have fallen into over the past two weeks. The club managed to get only one victory and even that over Western United (2:1), which were beaten in the end by all teams. They also had to share points with Perth Glory (1:1), but with the same Mariners (1:2) and Wellington Phoenix (0:3), a lot of problems arose in the defensive line. Will the coaching staff manage to neutralize them before such a responsible confrontation?
It is clear that the history of the meetings will no longer matter, but the fact remains - the club from Sydney could not end even in a draw. And the result of the last game against Wellington before the quarterfinals is somewhat alarming. Therefore, in this pair, we will still give preference to the hosts, who at the end of the championship managed to remember how they were beating everyone in a row at the start of the tournament.
Our prediction is Central Coast Mariners’ handicap (-1.5) with odds of 3.7 in BC 1XBET.