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16 Mar 2018 by TSZ

A-League In Focus – Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners Preview

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When? Sunday 18th March, 06:00 (UK)

Where? AAMI Park

What channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Are tickets still available?

Melbourne Victory & Central Coast Mariners

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=VICTOR2318

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Melbourne Victory W3, D2
A-League meetings: Melbourne Victory W19, Central Coast Mariners W9, D11

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Predicted line-up: Thomas; Deng, Donachie, Williams, Broxham; Valeri, Antonis; Barbarouses, Troisi, George; Berisha

Unavailable: Austin (Injured)

Doubtful:

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Predicted line-up: Kennedy; McGing, Golec, Baro, Roux; Melling, Brama; Buhagiar, Hoole, De Silva; Skapetis

Unavailable: Rowles (Injured), Hiariej (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
After three successive defeats, Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory have bounced back as of late with two A-League wins on the spin, and they will look to continue that momentum when they play host to the Central Coast Mariners this weekend.

The Mariners lie second from bottom in the A-League table at present and will need all the points they can get if they are to make the top six come the end of the season and subsequently earn a place in the play-off series.

However, defeat for them this weekend would all but end their slender hopes of finishing in the top half-dozen. The Victory have almost booked their place and you get the feeling they will move one step closer on Sunday.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The Central Coast Mariners have not beaten Melbourne Victory in their last 14 attempts, and you must go back to April 2013 for their last success in this fixture. It was a game that saw just the single goal scored, one that came courtesy of Daniel McBreen. Since then thought it has been a barren run of results with the Melbourne based outfit having not tasted defeat in nearly five years.

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