Wednesday’s A-League 2016 Round 12 match is between Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:57 local time with the game to be played at AAMI Park. The home team Melbourne Victory are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners.
Victory are the biggest threat to Sydney FC at the moment and are the most likely to prevent The Sky Blues from running away with the Premiers Plate.
They were flying under the radar in the early rounds but have now jumped into 2nd spot and are playing some delightful football.
Besart Berisha is on fire and played another key role for Victory in the Melbourne Derby.
He is now level with Archie Thompson at the top of the All Time A-League goal-scorer’s list and will want to take the outright lead this weekend.
For the Mariners, not much going right at the moment. They have the potential to cause teams problems with pace up front, but they still concede too many goals, finding themselves chasing games, week after week.
If the Mariners want to thwart Victory’s prolific attack, they need to keep the ball better and use it more effectively, but most of all, they need to be good in transition so they don’t get caught out when they do lose the ball.
KEY BATTLE: Marco Rojas v Connor Pain
Two speedsters who can hurt teams with their runs in behind. Modern football is all about pace and intensity which both these players have in abundance.
But taking recent form into account, Rojas should come out on top over Pain in this match-up.
Expect Victory to dominate the game although Mariners will have the bulk of possession. But it’s how you use that possession and in that regard, Victory’s class will shine through.
Melbourne Victory $1.24
Central Coast $13.00
Tip: Melbourne Victory
Correct Score: Melbourne Victory 4-0
Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Max BEISTER, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)
Ins: 11.Mitch AUSTIN (returns from injury), 16.Rashid MAHAZI (promoted)
Unavailable: 19.George HOWARD (knee – 1 week), 27.Alastair BRAY (shoulder – 3-4 months)
Central Coast Mariners squad (two to be omitted): 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Blake POWELL, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 16.Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING, 25.Ryan PETERSON
Ins: 17.Josh BINGHAM (promoted), 19.Jacques FATY (return from injury)
Unavailable: 2.Storm ROUX (ankle – 1 week), 10.Mickael TAVARES (ankle – 1 week), 23.Jake ADELSON (ACL – indefinite)