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

When? Saturday 7th April, 10:50 (UK)

Where? AAMI Park

What channel is it on? BT Sport 3

Are tickets still available?

Melbourne City & Central Coast Mariners - http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MCITY2618

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 City W7, Central Coast Mariners W10, D6

MELBOURNE CITY

Predicted line-up: Bouzanis; Atkinson, Schenkeveld, Jakobsen, Jamieson; Bozanic, Brattan; Vidosic, Mauk, Arzani; Fornaroli

Unavailable: La Rocca (Out of favour), Tongyik (Out of favour), Cavallo (Injured)

Doubtful:

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Predicted line-up: Kennedy; Roux, Rowles, Baro, J. Rose; L. Rose, Brama; Hoole, Wales, Pain; Powell

Unavailable: Hiariej (Injured), Golec (Injured), De Silva (Injured), Poscoliero (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
With the top two spots in the A-League table blocked out, the challenge for Melbourne City is to make sure they finish in the top four and in turn secure a home tie in the play-offs. To do so, they require just one win from their last two matches and they will fancy their chances against the Central Coast Mariners this weekend.

The Mariners’ season has long since ended with now just a couple of dead rubbers left to play. Last weekend saw them record their fourth straight league defeat and there is nothing to suggest that it will not be five come Saturday.

MEMORABLE MEETING
Central Coast Mariners have not beaten Melbourne City in their last eight A-League attempts. You must cast your mind back to March 2015 for their last win in this fixture, one that came away from home.

It was a slender win with just the one goal in the game. Fabio Ferreira would prove to be the hero for the Mariners as his strike 16 minutes from time secured a rare victory for the visitors in this encounter.