|By PAUL GOUGH
The Central Coast Mariners look a risky short-priced favourite in their New Year's Eve home fixture against fifth-placed Perth Glory to begin Week 14 action in the A-League on Monday.
But it would not be a surprise to see the Mariners' price ease closer to match time given the problems Graham Arnold's team face ahead of this clash.
Not only did the Mariners suffer a shock 1-0 loss to Sydney FC in their last outing, but they also lost star trio in Daniel McBreen - the league's leading scorer so far this season with 10 goals - as well as midfield general John Hutchinson and young gun Tom Rogic due to suspension for the visit of Perth Glory.
The Mariners have already beaten Perth 1-0 on their home patch this season and that scoreline is again the favoured option on Betfair's correct score betting markets at $6.40.
And while the Glory have only ever beaten the Mariners four times from 23 attempts, the visitors are more than capable of getting at least a draw out of this game given the Mariners' suspension problems.
A 1-1 draw in early correct score betting at Betfair looks great value at $7.20 as does a 0-0 draw at $9, particularly with the Glory now unbeaten in their past three matches.
|Sydney FC to win v Adelaide United at $4.90
||Central Coast to draw 0-0 v Perth Glory at $9 at Betfair|
In the other New Year's Eve clash on Monday, second-placed Adelaide also look vulnerable at the short odds at home to Sydney FC.
The draw is priced at $3.45 at TAB Sportsbet and $3.80 at Betfair.
However, what looked a regulation home win on paper for Adelaide now suddenly looks a lot tougher, following the most recent results.
The Reds are coming off two losses in a row and Adelaide coach John Kosmina could not be picking a worse time to come up against his former club, with the embattled Sky Blues coming off that magnificent win over the Mariners to move off the bottom of the ladder.
* Note prices subject to change