Sat, Apr 26, 4:52pm by Rob Sheeley
Match: Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners – A-League Semi-Final.
When/Where: 6:30pm, Saturday 26th April at Pirtek Stadium
AUD $100 Free Bet: www.IASbet.com
THIS Saturday evening, Pirtek Stadium will be the stage for a Grand Final rematch set to be played out in front of a giant, parochial crowd that is sure to have more theatre than a Shakespeare convention.
The Western Sydney Wanderers host the Central Coast Mariners with the prize for the winner being a second consecutive Grand Final berth, while for the losing team, it is curtains for the 2013/14 season.
One of the more popular betting modes is the Half-Time/Full-Time Double market.
With nine different combinations the odds can be quite alluring. So it’s worth exploring what are the more likely outcomes in this match.
Wanderers/Wanderers – $2.70
Wanderers/Draw – $15.00
Wanderers/Mariners – $56.00
Draw/Wanderers – $4.50
Draw/Draw – $4.50
Draw/Mariners – $10.00
Mariners/Wanderers – $26.00
Mariners/Draw – $15.00
Mariners/Mariners – $9.50
The sides have met three times this year, the most recent was in Round 25 on the Central Coast, just four weeks ago. The match was locked at 1-1 at the half-time break before the Mariners went on to win 2-1.
In Round 11, the Wanderers were at home and led 2-0 at both half-time and full-time.
In Round One, also played at Pirtek Stadium, the Wanderers led 1-0 at half-time before the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
What stands out most in those three encounters is the fact that the Wanderers have scored early in every match and have been on the board by half time in each occasion. In a tight semi final, that early lead is everything and could well be enough for them to hang on to.
The Western Sydney Wanderers have the ability to score early regularly. They have racked up a first half goal against the Mariners each time this season and have also scored first half goals in three of their last four matches.
They should be the first to score in this semi-final and be able to hold their lead from that point.
On that basis the best bet is the Wanderers/Wanderers which is at $2.70 at www.sportingbet.com.au
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