Brisbane Roar face a tricky home match against high flying Newcastle Jets on Saturday, but the hosts head into the game on the back of an impressive 2-1 win at Melbourne Victory. Newcastle Jets sit second in the A-League eleven points behind the title favourites Sydney, and it’s only the top three sides in the division that boast a positive goal difference. There are five places and sixteen points between the two clubs ahead of kick-off and plenty for both clubs to play for this season, starting with three points on Saturday.
The pair last locked horns in January, where a single goal proved enough to earn Newcastle their second victory of the season over Brisbane Roar. Newcastle were the favourites before kick-off and took the lead in the eleventh minute through Hoffman, after good work from teammate Nabbout who claimed the assist. The game was tight in terms of possession with both sides seeing 50% of the ball, but the Jets created more chances and did enough to win the game with that solitary first half strike.
Heading into the pairs third and final meeting of the season it’s the visitors Newcastle who claim the title of form favourites after they picked up three wins, two draws, and one defeat from their last six matches. During that same period of games Brisbane Roar have also won three times, but suffered three defeats as well and that has contributed to the bookmakers backing the visitors as their favourites to claim all three points. Newcastle have a good record against Brisbane Roar, winning four of their last six matches against Saturday’s hosts. Brisbane Roar have lost their last two home games and Saturday’s return to the Suncorp Stadium is not going to be easy, against the only side that can realistically challenge Sydney for the title.
Veteran striker Maccarone top scores in the league for Brisbane Roar with nine goals, and the 38-year old has been impressive since his move from Empoli. Nabbout, Petratos, and O’Donovan have scored a combined twenty-four goals in the A-League for the Jets this season and all are available to play this weekend, which doesn’t bode well for Brisbane Roar.
We’re confident that this game will end in a Newcastle Jets Victory as the visitors have been really impressive this season, have a very good recent record against Brisbane Roar, and the hosts have lost their last two at home. In terms of a final score, we’re backing Newcastle to win this game fairly comfortably by three goals to one.
Head To Head
These two clubs have met forty times over the years, and with 16 wins, 10 draws, and 14 defeats it’s Newcastle Jets who edge the head to head record.
Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets Stats
- Newcastle Jets have won four of their last six against Brisbane Roar
- Newcastle Jets have won three of their last six matches and are currently unbeaten in their last three games
- Brisbane Roar have lost their last two home games
- Newcastle Jets have scored 19 more league goals than Brisbane Roar this season and conceded seven fewer than the hosts