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Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners Tips - City to clinch premiers plate

  • Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners predictions for Saturday’s match
  • City’s Jamie Maclaren has scored 25 goals in his last 20 matches in the A-League
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Jamie Maclaren has scored 25 goals this season (Getty Images)
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Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners Tips


Melbourne City have turned AAMI Park into a fortress and can clinch the premiership with a win. While the Mariners have been out of form they are still in the race for a top-two finish. 

I’m backing over 3.5 goals and City to win with Jamie Maclaren to score.

  • Melbourne City have won 4 of their last 5 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne City have won 9 of their last 10 home matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne City have seen over 3.5 goals in their last 5 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne City’s Jamie Maclaren has scored 25 goals in his last 20 matches (A-League). 
  • Central Coast have lost 4 of their last 5 matches against Melbourne City (A-League).

Head to Head


The head-to-head sees 12 wins each with seven draws in 31 encounters. 

City picked up a 2-0 win at home in their last meeting with striker Jamie Maclaren and defender Nathaniel Atkinson scoring for the league leaders.

Melbourne City Form


A win for City this week will see them extend their lead atop of the table to ten points and wrap up the minor premiership. 

The league leaders saw off a valiant Brisbane outfit to come away with a 3-2 win. Midfielder Connor Metcalfe and captain Scott Jamieson gave City a two goal lead inside the first 15 minutes, before the Roar managed to level before the break. 

Defender Scott Galloway found a winner with a volley in the 79th minute to steal the points. 

City then piled four goals on Adelaide United in a big 4-1 win. Striker Jamie Maclaren was on target with a brace while Jamieson and Galloway found themselves to the scoresheet as well.

A 2-2 draw against Wellington followed. After going a goal down, Maclaren and Japanese midfielder Naoki Tsubaki gave City a short-lived lead before the Phoenix equalised.

Melbourne City Team News


Nathaniel Atkinson is out with a hamstring injury, while winger Andrew Nabbout will also miss with an adductor injury.

Central Coast Mariners Form


The Mariners are keeping in touch with the top two on the table. 

After a 4-0 loss against Brisbane, Central Coast responded with a 1-1 draw away to Melbourne Victory. Striker Matt Simon opened the scoring in the fourth minute, before the Victory hit back and held on for a draw. 

In their rematch with the Roar the Mariners put in an improved performance – sharing the points in a goalless draw. 

Their fortunes would finally turn when they defeated Newcastle 1-0 in the F3 Derby. Simon scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 54th minute to secure his side’s first win in six matches.

Central Coast Mariners Team News


Central Coast will travel to Melbourne injury free. 

Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners FAQs

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When does Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners kick off?

The game is being played at AAMI Park on Saturday, May 22.

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Verdict

City is within touching distance of lifting their first premiership, with Jamie Maclaren eyeing another golden boot. Central Coast have fallen off the pace but remain in touch with the top few on the table.

I’m tipping over 3.5 goals and City to win with Maclaren to score.

Best Bet: City & Jamie Maclaren Full Time Result/Anytime Goalscorer @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 3.5 Goals Total Goals @123.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units
First Goalscorer: Jamie Maclaren First Goalscorer @235.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: City Win 3-1 Total Goals @900.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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