Wanderers' superior quality should tell in the second half of their Saturday night clash.
The Mariners slumped to their seventh defeat in nine games at the weekend, this time at Adelaide and as a result they’re four points adrift of Perth at the foot of the table. They’ve been given little chance by the bookmakers of improving upon their league position come the end of the season as they’re currently 2/5 to finish bottom.
Meanwhile, the Wanderers lost the Sydney Derby meaning it’s back-to-back defeats for them, though they still only trail Brisbane by a point at the top of the table.
The Mariners once again managed to find the net at Adelaide and they’ve now scored in 13 of their 15 matches this season, but another three goals conceded takes their tally to 35 goals against. Both their wins this season have come at the Central Coast Stadium where they have a W2-D2-L4 record with each of those four defeats coming against the current top-four. They only trailed at half-time in one of these defeats and five of their 10 losses this season have come after being level at half-time.
Click here for all the best Mariners v Wandereers odds The Wanderers went on a remarkable run of seven straight wins to propel themselves to the top of the table but they’ve since managed just one win in their last five, despite three of these games being at home. Their away record this term reads W3-D2-L2 with the defeats coming in the derby and at City in their last road game. They’ve already travelled to each of the bottom three, recording a 2-0 win over the Mariners, a 2-1 win over the Jets and a 2-2 draw at Perth in their penultimate away game. Interestingly their three away wins this season were all goalless at half-time and they’ve managed just two first-half away goals this season, compared with 10 in the second 45 and it’s been a similar case at home where they’ve only led at the break twice.
Meetings between these two teams tend to be low-scoring with at least one team failing to score in 10 of the 12 meetings since 2012/13 and 11 having fewer than three goals. As a result, Under 2.5 Goals makes appeal in this one at 5/4, as does the Wanderers win to nil, particularly since the Mariners’ top scorer O’Donovan is suspended. However, the best bet looks to be Draw/Wanderers HT/FT as the Wanderers superior quality should tell as the match continues.