The A-League is back for a frantic month of football action to crown a champion for the 2019-20 season. Monday’s clash sees the competition’s bottom two teams square off.
History: Played 40: Victory 22 V Central Coast 7 (11 Draws)
Last meeting: January 12, 2020: Central Coast 3 d Victory 2 at Central Coast Stadium
Final Thoughts: A-League wooden spooners Central Coast Mariners bring another tough campaign to a close with a clash against second-last Melbourne Victory.
The Mariners snapped an 18-match, seven-year winless streak against the Victory in extraordinary circumstances in January. Two stoppage-time penalties from Matt Simon saw the battling Mariners snatch a 3-2 result.
But that was the last of Central Coast’s four wins this season. The Gosford outfit subsequently went on an 11-match losing streak, which stretched to a 1-0 defeat to Perth Glory in their first assignment after the resumption.
The Mariners have since recorded a pair of draws, however. They played out a nil-all stalemate against Newcastle Jets and a 1-all result against Western Sydney.
The Victory have won just five games this season and only one of their last 11. The fallen heavyweights have gone down to Western United and Brisbane Roar by 2-1 scorelines since the restart.
The Victory fell behind 2-0 in both games before netting late consolation goals, to Storm Roux and Andrew Nabbout respectively.
Four of the last five Mariners-Victory encounters have produced five-plus goals. But the cellar-dwelling rivals have found goals difficult to come by this season: the Victory have scored 26 in 23 games, while the Mariners boast just 23 goals from 25 outings.
A draw would be a fitting result between the A-League’s 2019-20 battlers.