Sydney FC will be out to maintain its excellent start to the season when they take on the Mariners this Sunday.
The Sky Blues are yet to be beaten in the league this season and boast a stunning 10 wins and three draws record from their 13 games so far.
They head into this fresh off breaking Brisbane’s 10-game unbeaten run courtesy of a 2-0 result at Allianz Stadium.
Central Coast will go into this with a bit of confidence having grabbed a share of the points against Melbourne City last week in a thrilling 2-2 score.
Graham Arnold’s side are setting history each week they remain unbeaten. They are now the holders of the longest unbeaten run to start a season (13 games) and clearly hold the best defence of any team in A-league history (five goals) through 13 rounds.
Central Coast has proven for most of the 13 rounds so far played that they won’t be pushovers.
On paper they weren’t entitled to take a point off Melbourne City but they did just that. What’s more, they were terribly unfortunate not take all three points as a late penalty to Bruno Fornaroli allowed City to share the points.
That was their first points in five weeks after suffering heavy losses to Western Sydney, Wellington and Melbourne Victory while they also dropped a 2-1 decision at home against Brisbane.
It isn’t good reading for the Central Coast who haven’t beaten Sydney FC in their past seven encounters. In their past six clashes, Sydney has won five of those with a 2-2 draw in the back end of last season being the only saving grace for Paul Okon’s side.Earlier this season they met in Round 2 where the Sky Blues put four past them – the fourth time that has happened when they have played since January last year.
Sydney simply appears to have too many guns for the Mariners. Boasting the best attack (2.38 gpg) and best defence (0.38gpg), it is set to be a difficult afternoon for the Central Coast who lost veteran Jacques Faty for the season last week.
Sydney will have to be without their leading goalscorer Alex Brosque who was sent off against Brisbane last week, however, one of their strengths this season has been depth to their scoring with three other players boasting five or more goals (Milos Ninkovic, Filip Holosko, Bobo).
THE TIP: Sydney FC – with Central Coast barely scoring over a goal a game, we doubt they will have enough to beat Sydney
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Definitely Overs – every time these teams meet it’s a goalfest