Newcastle Jets’ hopes of claiming an unlikely Hyundai A-League Premiership trophy came crashing down in emphatic fashion last time out as they were beaten in a 5-2 thriller away to Adelaide United. This, combined with Sydney FC’s win and their midweek win as well, leaves The Jets 11 points adrift with three games to play.
Their hopes of the top spot may be over, but they will still be keen to end the regular season in good form. The playoffs come after the regular campaign, and with 2nd place in the table already sealed, they know that their chances of lifting the Championship trophy are much better than most teams’.
Newcastle Jets defeat last time out ended a six match unbeaten run in the A-League, and it was that run along with the downturn in Sydney FC that gave them hope of the top spot in the first place. At home their form remains excellent though, with them winning eight of their last ten games there and losing just twice all season.
Melbourne City are locked in a battle of pride with their cross city rivals Melbourne Victory as we come into the closing stages of the season. They are currently 3rd, but just two points above their rivals and hoping for an unexpected finishing position above Victory. With their final two games being against the bottom two clubs, this is their biggest challenge remaining.
The visitors aren’t in great form though. They did beat Western Sydney Wanderers last time out but have lost three of their last five games. Away from home they have won three, drawn two, and lost four of their last nine games in the A-League, and coming up against such a formidable Newcastle Jets side, another defeat could well be on the horizon.
The bookmakers are actually offering very favourable odds on the home win too. Considering they’ve won eight of their last ten at the McDonald Jones Stadium, backing a Newcastle Jets win here looks very good value, so we’re going for that along with a 2-1 correct score predictions.
Head To Head
Melbourne City have won four, drawn one, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Stats
- Newcastle Jets have won 80% of their last ten home games in the Hyundai A-League.
- Melbourne City have lost 40% of their last ten trips away in the league.