Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory: Berisha backed to shine

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Having beaten their Central Coast opponents home and away last term, the Victory head into this A-League encounter as justified favourites with a not-too-shabby price of evens offered on an away win with Ladbrokes.

The Mariners, meanwhile, are 27/10 for the win though, with three wins racked up in their previous four games, the draw could be the more tempting prospect for those with faith in the hosts and you can get 21/10 on such an outcome here.

Melbourne Victory (-1) to beat Central Coast Mariners @ 13/5

Kevin Muscat’s side were comfortable winners home and away against the Mariners last term, winning by two clear goals on both occasions and with the Central Coast club going down 2-0 against Adelaide United last time out at the North Sydney Oval, a similar outcome could be on the cards.

The Victory beat Adelaide 3-2 last time out in the A-League in a win that was far more comfortable than it sounds and with the Mariners winless in eight competitive games, a big win for the visitors looks likely.

Besart Berisha to score two or more @ 3/1

Snapped up from Brisbane Roar in the off-season, the Albanian journeyman striker has proven an instant hit, scoring five goals in just seven league outings for the Victory to date.

With the Mariners shipping goals in seven of their last eight, Berisha looks a solid bet to score at anytime with odds of 8/11 available but we fancy him to grab two or more, having netted a hat-trick against Melbourne City earlier this term.

Melbourne Victory to beat Central Coast Mariners 3-1 @ 14/1

They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice but try telling that to supporters of the Central Coast club. Having already lost 3-1 to Melbourne Victory back in February 2014 they duly went and lost by exactly the same scoreline when the two teams met once again a month later.

In truth Victory were close to heading into this game off the back of a 3-1 win against Adelaide, only for the hosts to concede a clumsy penalty but with odds of 14/1 offered this is one correct score tip worth sticking a few quid on.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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