A-League Betting Preview: Adelaide capable of Mariners upset

The Reds have what it takes to knock out the defending champions out of the A-League finals, giving punters some interesting options ahead of this weekend's sudden death game
Adelaide United appear tempting outsiders for their A-League elimination final away to the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

The Reds are paying $2.90 at bet365 to win in Gosford this weekend, with the home team $2.40 favourites and the draw priced at $3.25.

The last two meetings between the sides have produced 1-0 and 4-0 home wins for Adelaide in February and December respectively, with the earlier result sparking the form transformation that now has Josep Gombau's side contesting the playoffs.

You can get $15.00 on another 2-0 win for the Reds or a lengthy $67.00 on a repeat of that 4-0 triumph.

However, prior to those two results Central Coast had won their last nine meetings with the South Australians, home and away.


Back Adelaide to upset the champions at $2.90

Go for Bruce Djite to score first at $7.50

Adelaide's last win over the Mariners in Gosford came in January 2009. Goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is the only Reds survivor from that game, with his current team-mate Nigel Boogard playing for the opposition in that game. Mat Simon and John Hutchinson both played in the 1-0 defeat for Central Coast and are likely to be involved on Saturday.

Hutchinson scored a costly late own-goal for the Mariners in their 1-0 loss to FC Seoul in the AFC Champions League last Wednesday. He's paying $9.50 to make amends by getting on the scoresheet at the right end in this one, while Simon is equal favourite to score first in the game at $7.50, the same price as Adelaide centre-forward Bruce Djite.

If you think it will a 1-0 win for Gombau's men, you can get $9.50 at bet365 on that scoreline. A 1-0 for the Mariners, the score when these two met in October, is worth $8.00.