Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix
7:50 PM AEDT, Central Coast Stadium
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Matt Simon. He’s a polarizing figure, that’s without a doubt! And he gave the ref a real spray as he headed of the field in the 95th minute as he received a second yellow card. More bizarre though was Mariners coach Mike Mulvey trying to justify it after the game. Simon swore at the ref, can’t really justify that no matter how frustrated you are! But he wore his heart on his sleeve in his sides dramatic 5-3 defeat to Brisbane. A first ever result by that score-line in the A-League. Pain, O’Neil and Murray with his 2nd A-League goal all scored in the crazy affair for the Central Coast. They deserved a draw, but the best they could get was a two goal loss. They’ll be receiving another Wooden Spoon this season. As unfortunate for their fans as it is to hear and see its just the truth. They are currently on seven points, eight behind 9th placed Brisbane. To their credit however they did manage to fire away with 21 shots at Brisbane’s defence, with a credible nine going on target. If they hang in their they’ll have a small chance to do some damage against Wellington.
1-0 Was the score as the Phoenix played not too shabbily against Sydney. They clumsily gave away the penalty that resulted in Sydney’s only goal and the only goal of the game. Besides that they pushed the Sky Blues pretty damn hard. However, their loss coupled with the Jets draw sees Newcastle now only five points out of the Top Six. Alarm bells should be ringing if you are Mark Rudan or one of his players. The Nix had 13 shots and 53% of the ball but they just couldn’t quite do it against the 2nd placed side. And of a major concern for the Phoenix should be the amount of fouls they leaked at 17. They definitely need to fix that in time for their away trip.
Betting tip: The Mariners were very encouraging last round, so pick them to cause the upset win at $3.85 (Neds)
Also pick them to open the scoring at $2.50 (Neds)
Best Bet of the Round
My favourite/best bet of the round is for the Mariners to cause the upset win at $3.85 (Neds) vs the Nix. They scored three last weekend and lost, they’ll get the win this time around!
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