Instead of staying atop the Australian A1 League CC Mariners made their life much more complicated than it should be. They will be hosting Brisbane Roar on Wednesday while trying to jump over Melbourne City, and what is more important, keep the distance between themselves and Adelaide United. Meanwhile, Roar is in good shape, and is currently making a push towards the playoffs. The team from Brisbane had a lot of postponed matches and is now playing all those fixtures. With three points in this event, Roar will heavily boost their prospects for the postseason.
CC Mariners (+120) slowed down in the past few weeks posting just one win in seven games. Apart from that, the Yellow and Navy posted four draws and two defeats, not being able to secure their net in any of these games.
Overall, from the previous 10 games, seven of their games saw both teams to score, and six ended with over 2.5 scores. Australian A1 League is very efficient, and the Mariners are somewhat near the average when it comes to efficiency.
CC Mariners haven’t lost over the recent seven events at home – 4 wins and three draws. But what is problematic is just one victory over the last four games. Those three draws at their Central Coast Stadium are, in fact, the reason why they lost the No.1 spot.
Brisbane Roar (+210) hasn’t lost in four consecutive, and they are apparently improving their form as time goes by. It seems that Warren Moon woke up his players, who were terrible throughout February and March, not posting a single win during that time.
After two draws, against Wellington Phoenix and WS Wanderers, both 1-1, the Roar won two matches on the road, vs Macarthur and Wanderers, also with the same result, 1-2. Ten of the previous 15 games this team played were with both teams scoring.
When looking at the road games, four of the past five saw the same outcome, and just two since the season started didn’t end like that. Overall, Roar has four wins, in 8 away A1 League matches, with two draws and losses each.
The hosts don’t have any notable players who are ineligible from playing this match.
Meanwhile, Roar’s best player, Corey Brown, who is their playmaker and top assistant, is suspended. Moon will have to find a decent replacement for this guy, whose absence will be a significant blow for the guests.
Head to Head Games
Wednesday’s meeting will be the first one for these two sides in this campaign. When looking back in the recent past, Roar has three straight wins over CC Mariners, all of them without a goal allowed.
As you can see, these sides play efficient matches with goals on both ends. The odds to see the same in this encounter are set at -170, which is pretty good, having in mind what we just wrote in the previous few paragraphs. The probability for BTTS here is extremely high, and even though the profit is not big, the risk is pretty much minimal, and that is what we wanted. For those punters who like hazardous bets, go with both teams to score in the first halftime, with the odds at +300.
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