Two teams badly in need of a win clash in Gosford in the Round 20 opener, and there's plenty of value to be found for smart punters at Bluetongue StadiumCentral Coast coach Phil Moss has a bit of a crisis on his hands at the Mariners and Friday's match against Wellington Phoenix looms as an opportunity to turn around a sinking ship.
The Mariners have lost three in a row to slip back to fifth and while they are only four points of second, they are also four points clear of eighth. With a hectic schedule of Asian Champions League coming up, things could go south very quickly for the defending champions.
The transfer window shake up in the team's personnel hasn't helped Moss, but having played three teams in the top four, they get a shot at a team which is below them on the table and hence are $2.10 favourites to win this match with bet365.
The Phoenix hit a major pothole in their second-half-of-the-season resurgence when they were trounced 5-0 at home to Melbourne Heart last week. It was as stunning a result as we have seen in the league this year, especially considering the Phoenix had won six of the eight previous matches to surge up the table.
Phoenix, $3.40 outsiders, have not beaten the Mariners in a match since 2010 and haven't won at Bluetongue since New Year's Eve 2009.
So you would think the Mariners would win, but they don't exactly have a lot of goalscoring options and only have managed 10 shots on target combined in their past three games.