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Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League Preview and Team News - Victory target fourth win on the trot

Andrew Hendrie 4 Jan 2018
  • Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners clash in Round 14 of the A-League on Saturday night
  • Victory have never lost to the Mariners with Kevin Muscat as coach (10 wins, 3 draws)
Victory host Mariners on Saturday night

Melbourne Victory aim to continue their rise up the A-League ladder when the face the struggling Central Coast Mariners in Round 14 action on Saturday night at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.

After a slow start to the season, Victory are starting to generate some momentum, coming into this encounter on the back of a three-match winning streak that has catapulted them to third on the table.

Victory began their run with a tight away win to Brisbane, before edging City in the Melbourne derby and producing their most polished performance of the season last week in defeating the high-flying Jets 2-1 at home.

Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses both got on the scoresheet in that triumph and are beginning to find some form as 2018 rolls on, while Leroy George continues to improve every week down the wing.

Victory will certainly fancy their chances of registering four wins on the bounce - coach Kevin Muscat has never lost against the Mariners as coach, winning 10 and drawing three of their 13 meetings.

Central Coast are going in the opposite direction to that of Victory, with Paul Okon’s young side falling down the ladder at a rapid rate.

The Mariners were sitting pretty in fourth spot a little over a month ago, but they haven’t been able to score a goal in their last four games, quickly slumping to ninth position.

After such a promising start to the season - and becoming the only side to have beaten Sydney FC this season - the Mariners are in danger of capitulating into another lowly finish if they don’t turn things around soon.

Unfortunately for them, I doubt it will come on Saturday night. Victory are just starting to find their mojo and have an excellent, dominant record against them. Victory to win comfortably.

Stats


  • Victory have won 10 of 13 matches against Mariners with Muscat as coach
  • Victory have won four of their last five encounters
  • The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in their clash earlier this season

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Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League Preview and Team News - Victory target fourth win on the trot

Melbourne Victory aim to continue their rise up the A-League ladder when the face the struggling Central Coast Mariners in Round 14 action on Saturday night at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.

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