It's a mismatch when you consider where both the teams are camping out these days. Central Coast Mariners are propping up the table, while Melbourne City FC are second and are heading towards the post-season. For the Mariners, the season is already done, and they have nothing to play for except the pride. But the way season have panned out for them, they will have to play out of their skin to end the season on a relatively positive note.
Things to keep in mind:
There are factors you must consider while making your champion football team on Dream11. Current run, home and away form must be taken into consideration. Then comes the players. You must have the idea about the players' form, or how they are performing, the minutes they are getting on the pitch, the players who are getting substituted too often, and the impact they're having on team's overall performance.
So what should be the approach here?
Central Coast Mariners are the worst team in the league at the moment. In fact, in whatever way you try to gauge their output, they will be the last in every aspect. They have won the fewest games, lost the most, have the most blatant attack in the league, while the defence is the worst.
While Melbourne City FC are flying high in the table. They have three wins in the last five games, picking up 10 points, and arrive in this game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run.
But the key factor here is that Mariners are the hosts. More importantly, the hosts have a very good home record against Melbourne City FC, losing only one home match since 2015, a run of five games.
So don't go with a four-man backline from Melbourne. Instead go with 3-5-2 formation, with two City's defenders and one from Mariners.
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Players who can make the difference:
Jamie Maclaren: Melbourne City's hit-man should be your first choice for the captain in this game, irrespective of the competition you are playing in. The 26-year-old has scored 15 times in 18 games. On top of that, he also has four assists, which shows his playmaking skills.
Craig Noone: The former Brighton & Hove Albion player is a vital cog in Melbourne's team. Why he is special because he is a two-way player. Meaning, he affects the game on both ends of the pitch. He can defence and is also a threat in or around the final third. Goals: 04. Assists: 03.
Florin Berenguer: The 30-year-old Frenchman has had an injury-plagued season, but seems to be back to full pace as he is in good form. In 11 league games this season, the former Sochaux player has two goals and an assist. he can be a dark horse.
Chris Harold: Mariners' new signing has been one of the few positives for the club this season. He has two goals in just six appearances and that too from the midfield. He could be a real deal in this game.
Milan Đurić: The 32-year-old Serbian can produce goods. He can be considered as a dark horse in one of the Grand League teams. He has four goals and an assist in 18 league games this season.
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