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Macarthur FC v Central Coast Mariners preview: Entertaining affair expected in New South Wales

Two in-form sides will do battle at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday in the opening contest of Matchday 12, as fourth-place Macarthur FC pay host to second-place Central Coast Mariners.

It already looks like it will be tough to catch leaders Melbourne City in the regular season standings, as the table-toppers have a six-point buffer to the Mariners and also a game in hand on their closest challengers.

Finishing in the top six is the main focus for both Macarthur FC and Central Coast, with first to sixth qualifying for the Finals Series and the last-32 stage of the 2023 Australia Cup.

Although there is still plenty of time remaining in the regular season, neither of these two will want to slip up and halt the momentum they have gathered in recent weeks.

WhatMacarthur FC v Central Coast Mariners
WhereCampbelltown Stadium, New South Wales
When19:55, Friday 13th December
How to watchParamount+
OddsMacarthur FC 2/1, Draw 14/5, Central Coast Mariners 6/5

Away issues to continue

Macarthur FC bounced back from their 4-0 loss at Western Sydney Wanderers on New Year's Day with a comfortable 2-0 success over the Newcastle Jets, making it three victories from their last four outings.

The Bulls have kept clean sheets in all of those wins and they head into Friday's contest knowing another three points would take them above the Mariners into second, with two points separating the pair.

Central Coast arrive at Campbelltown Stadium off the back of a 4-0 thumping of Adelaide United, extending their winning streak to two matches and also making it four triumphs from their last five assignments.

However, it's worth noting that all of those successes have come on home soil and they have struggled to replicate that form on the road, as they have just one win from their last five away matches across all competitions.

Macarthur FC won 3-2 when these two met in November, while Dwight Yorke's troops also picked up a 1-0 victory the last time they hosted the Mariners in December 2021.

Factoring in the Bulls' solid recent home record (won their last two at Campbelltown) and the away issues for Central Coast, the 2/1 available on the hosts to win in the Full Time Result market looks very appealing.

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The net should ripple at both ends

Although Macarthur FC have kept three clean sheets from their last four outings, the one blip in that period was a 4-0 defeat and they may find it difficult to keep out the A-League's leading scorers on Friday.

Central Coast have plundered no less than 24 goals - one more than Melbourne City - but they have had their issues at the back with just one clean sheet recorded from their last five away assignments across all competitions.

The Mariners have only drawn a blank once on the road this term - that coming at leaders Melbourne City last time out - so they will feel confident of at least grabbing a consolation in this one.

While the visitors have seen plenty of goals at both ends of the pitch, the same can be said of the Bulls, who have scored 15 and conceded the same amount in the A-League.

Yorke's side have only failed to find the back of the net in one of their six home games this season, so backing Over 2.5 in Goals Over/Under at 4/7 looks like a smart play.

Cummings enjoying life Down Under

Jason Cummings decided to make the switch from Scotland to Australia in January last year and that move from Dundee to Central Coast has so far been a profitable one, as he has 16 goals from 32 A-League appearances.

The 27-year-old striker bagged 10 goals last season and he is getting close to hitting that mark this term, with six goals notched from 11 league outings.

Cummings bagged a brace in the 2-1 triumph over Melbourne Victory on New Year's Eve and he currently sits second in the division's scoring charts, only Melbourne City's Jamie Maclaren (13) has more to his name.

If anyone is going to score for the Mariners on Friday it will likely be the former Scotland international, who is priced at 11/8 in the Goalscorers market to net anytime and is 5/1 to net the first or last strike.

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