The F3 Derby is set to be a cracker! Punters love nothing more than a Derby and the Mariners and Jets always put on a show. It’s a little difficult to see how this one will pan out as both sides have had several personnel changes in the off-season but the home side looks good coming into this. Coach Paul Okon has recruited well in bringing in imports Wout Brama, Tom Hiariej and young Socceroo Danny De Silva just to name a few. Newcastle hasn’t been shabby either with Ronald Vargas being their key import for the season but they’ve also hired Dimitri Petratos, Daniel Georgiesvski and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
3 KEY POINTS
- NEWCASTLE is currently on an 11-game winless streak – their longest in club history
- Central Coast and Newcastle have shared the wooden spoon between them in the past three seasons
- CENTRAL COAST improved their defence last season, conceding 18 goals less than they did in 2015/16
The Jets have dominated the F3 Derby in recent years
- Newcastle has won five of the past eight derbies with two draws thrown into the mix
- Central Coast won the previous clash between the sides – their first against Newcastle in eight games
- The F3 Derby is hardly ever goalless with an average of 2.5 goals being scored in the past six games
- There is very little between the sides on paper with both teams looking to have seriously upgraded their squads from the previous campaign. Ernie Merrick is a respected coach and forgetting about all the talent that the Jets have recruited, his presence at the club surely has to count for something. Being the first game of the season and with each side working with a stack of new players, we expect this one to end in a stalemate but are predicting at least a few goals to be scored.
DRAW / DRAW
- A tight contest with the defence for both sides set to be kept busy
- The former Jets man will get a few jeers from the Newcastle faithful but is capable of getting on the scoresheet against his former club here
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- There has been too much change in the offseason for both sides to have any real stability so we think a goal apiece should be sufficient