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Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Central Coast Stadium, 29 October, 2017
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Central Coast Mariners host Melbourne Victory at Central Coast Stadium in Round 4 of the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage starting from 7pm AEDT.
Its been a tough start to the season for both the Mariners and Melbourne Victory with both sides picking up just 1 point from their opening 3 games.
Central Coast are no strangers to the bottom end of the ladder and seem to have picked up from where they left off last season.
Last week against Perth was a perfect example of a Mariners performance, they dominated large portions of the game moving the ball around with a real crispness and creating some decent chances.
Going two goals up away from home would have given them a real grip on the game but unfortunately for Paul Okon and his team they failed to take advantage and the inevitable happened with Perth scoring twice in the second half to win the game.
It must be a real struggle to be a Mariners fan at the moment as they build your hope up with neat interplay only to let you down with lapses of concentration, especially at the back.
Kevin Muscat will be frustrated with his sides start to the season and this will be heightened even more with Bersart Berisha’s suspension ruling him out for the next two games. Victory had to rely on a late equaliser last week against Adelaide courtesy of Mitch Austin.
Fixture-wise its been a difficult start and this game will feel like a must win to kick-start their season. Victory currently hold a 12-game unbeaten run against the Mariners.
It will be interesting to see what formation or striker Muscat goes with to replace Berisha but they will need big performances from key men Barbarouses and Milligan.
Milligan will likely face off against Brama in midfield and the winner of this battle could have a big impact on the outcome of this game.
Both players love to dictate the tempo and drive their teams forward, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
It will be an entertaining game as both sides like to play but with a desperate Victory side on the hunt for their first 3 points I can only see a win for them. The Mariners just don’t have enough in defence and Victory will cope without the absence of Berisha to win this one.
Central Coast Mariners 1 – Melbourne Victory 2
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