This article is part of our DraftKings Fantasy Soccer series.
Well, if Russian Premier League and Turkish Super Lig wasn't obscure enough for you, it's time to head down under for some Australian A-League action, with DraftKings kicking off their offering with Friday's Central Coast Mariners v. Melbourne City FC showdown. The visitors, who are owned by the same group that controls Manchester City in the Premier League and New York City FC in Major League Soccer, currently sit second in table and are -182 favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook. Meanwhile, Central Coast Mariners are dead last in the 11-team league, losing 16 of 21 matches with a minus-27 goal differential thanks to a league-high 47 goals allowed. Melbourne City are the second-highest scoring team in the league, and given the matchup, it's unsurprising that the odds are -195 for more than 2.5 goals, though it's +135 for over 3.5. Having allowed multiple goals in six of their last seven games, Central Coast Mariners come in on a nine-match losing streak, one short of the club record.
With Melbourne City strongly favored despite playing away, it won't be surprising to see many fantasy players using four of five guys from the team with the expectation that they dominate the match. Initial consideration for their players will start with Craig Noone ($9,800), who is responsible for a majority of their set pieces, leading them in crosses and fouls drawn while sitting second in shots and tackles won. His excellent floor will likely make him the highest-owned player in cash games, and likely