The Mariners conceded more than three in each of their final five road games last term.
Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners - Saturday 07:35, BT Sport 1
Sydney put down an early marker with their 4-0 victory in the derby on the opening day of the season, while the Mariners will also have been pleased with their point at Perth, particularly since they were 3-0 down after 35 minutes.
Sydney’s home record last term was a mixed W5-D4-L5 but they proved adept at putting away the lesser sides, winning three of their five against bottom-three sides and also keeping three clean sheets. They scored only 19 goals at home but with the addition of Bobo, who linked up excellently with his former Besiktas teammate Holosko on his debut, they should score with more regularity this season and we’re backing the Brazilian to find the net again at 1.8.
The Mariners lost 20 of their 27 games last term, with 11 defeats in their 13 road games but they did manage to find the net in all but two of these, including in a 4-1 defeat at Sydney. We expect something similar here and so are backing Sydney to win and both teams to score, while the Sydney win and Over 4.5 Goals is a tempting 4.1 shot, particularly since the Mariners conceded more than three times in each of their final five road games last term.