Saturday will have no shortage of exciting matches to look forward to, as the day begins with a meeting between Melbourne City and Perth Glory, followed by two entertaining squads in Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners, who will lock horns at CommBank Stadium.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners
- When: Saturday, November 5 – 19:45 AEDT
- Where: CommBank Stadium in Sydney, Australia
- Weather: Clear, 18°C
Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners last met in April 2022, when they parted ways with a 2-2 draw, marking the third stalemate across their last five meetings. So should we expect another winner-less affair this weekend?
Western Sydney Wanderers – Just Solid
Western Sydney Wanderers have been performing exceptionally well this season, as they head into the fifth round with a tied-best record in the league. With three wins and a draw, WS Wanderers are the only team besides Melbourne City to have yet to lose a match.
The Wanderers have so far beaten Perth Glory (1-0), Melbourne Victory (1-0) and Newcastle Jets (2-0), while their sole draw came in round three against Brisbane Roar (1-1). Overall, a solid display for WS Wanderers, and we have nothing bad to say about their performances so far.
Still, while WS Wanderers have shown enough to sit atop the A-League table, they might not want to feel too comfortable facing the unpredictable and highly aggressive Central Coast Mariners.
Central Coast Mariners – Cum Dog And Co.
Central Coast Mariners enter the fifth round of the 2022/23 A-League season with a 1-1-1 record, which includes a draw against Wellington Phoenix (2-2), a loss against Perth Glory (1-2), and a commanding victory against Western United (4-2).
In their match against the Green & Black, Central Coast Mariners looked simply phenomenal. Yes, they’ve conceded two goals, but they were extremely effective on the opposite side of the field, producing 26 shots, nine towards the goal.
Once again, the game was all about Jason ‘Cum Dog’ Cummings, who is playing excellent football, and he put it on full display last weekend, helping his side edge out a 4-2 victory despite the Mariners trailing 0-2 inside the 28 minutes. The Cum Dog ended the match with a goal, two assists and a handful of exceptional passes, which played a vital role in the Mariners’ comeback.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners Betting Odds
The hosts enter this bout as 2.00 favourites (1.99 Pinnacle), Central Coast Mariners as 3.80 underdogs (3.94 Pinnacle), and a draw is priced at 3.50 (3.68 Pinnacle). The offered odds haven’t moved much since the market opened on October 29.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners A-League Betting Picks
Based on what we’ve seen from WS Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners this season, it’s tough to say who will come out on top. WS Wanderers have definitely looked far cleaner in their outings, but with the Cum Dog’s form, it’s tough to ignore Central Coast Mariners and their chances to cause an upset.
At the offered odds, it might not sound too wrong to take a small position on the outsiders, but no matter the final result, we can say for sure that this will be an exciting and a high scoring affair.
Over the last three head-to-head meetings, we have seen at least two goals per match and two 2-2 draws, including the clash in April. And with CCM averaging over two goals per match this season (they had two goals disallowed last week), there’s a good reason to believe that we’re in for a high-scoring affair.
- Prediction: Both Teams To Score