Betting round-up: Mariners eye end-of-year glory

The Mariners are missing some key men, making the Glory an attractive prospect in the New Year's Eve fixture. Elsewhere, can Sydney FC trouble Adelaide United? Indonesia   By PAUL GOUGH
Betting Editor


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.

The Mariners are the $1.95 favourites for this clash at Betfair, with Perth at $4.40 and the draw at $3.45.

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 Reds are the $1.70 favourites at TAB Sportsbet and slightly better value of $1.75 at Betfair in this one, with the Sky Blues paying $4.85 and $4.90 respectively.

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


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