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A-League: Mariners look to cut the gap

Central Coast Mariners can move level on points with Wellington Phoenix at the top of the A-League ladder if they can beat Sydney FC on Saturday.

The Mariners sit three points behind the Nix and have played a game less as the race to win the minor premiership hots up.

With Wellington not in action until Sunday, it gives the Mariners a real chance to put the pressure on, but winning away at Sydney FC will be far from easy.

In Saturday’s other A-League encounter, Melbourne City will look to continue their recent revival and push for the top six, when they entertain Newcastle Jets.

The Jets on the otherhand have all to play for as they battle to avoid the wooden spoon, with Western United breathing down their necks.

City back on track

. What: Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets
. Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
. When: 16:30 (AEST), Saturday 30th March 2024
. How to watch: Paramount+
. Odds: Melbourne City 1.53, Draw 4.75, Newcastle Jets 5.25

The international break came at a bad time for Melbourne City as they were just starting to find some consistency with back-to-back wins.

A 7-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in their last game should have given them a real confidence boost heading into the final games of the season.

Tolgay Arslan grabbed a couple of goals in that win and can be backed at 2.87 to score at anytime against the Jets.

City have won four and drawn one in the last five meetings with Newcastle, but there has not been much to separate the two sides.

City to win the game 2-1 can be backed at 8.50.

The Jets have not won in eight games and lost 1-0 to Adelaide United before the break.

However on their last visit to AAMI Park they did fight out a 1-1 draw and can take heart from that.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos has 14 goals this season and is priced at 7.50 to grab the first of the game.

Sydney have work to do

. What: Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners
. Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
. When: 18:45 (AEST), Saturday 30th March 2024
. How to watch: Paramount+, 10Bold
. Odds: Sydney FC 2.15, Draw 3.75, Central Coast Mariners 3.10

Central Coast Mariners may be targeting top spot, but Sydney also have everything to play for as they look to cement their place in the top six.

With that in mind, the stakes are very high in this latest derby showdown.

Sydney were unbeaten in eight matches before losing to Wellington Phoenix last start, and will be keen to get on another run.

They won 3-1 when the two met earlier in the season, and the previous two meetings at Allianz Stadium have been high-scoring.

Over 2.5 goals in the game can be backed at 1.60, while both teams to score is also available at 1.53.

Central Coast are unbeaten in their last eight away games, winning six of them, and in Angel Torres they have a lethal striker.

The Colombian has 11 goals so far this season and can be backed at 3.60 to score at anytime on Saturday.

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