Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets
Date: Friday, 29 December 2017
Kick-Off: 08:50 UK
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne).
Melbourne Victory came out victors in a super important city derby at the weekend to make it back-to-back wins and narrow the gap between themselves and the third-placed Melbourne City to only three points. Can they entirely join the battle for the top two spots in the league this Friday when they host the in-form Newcastle Jets side at AAMI Park.
The visitors have been enjoying one of the best campaigns in a while as they are seven points clear ahead of the third-placed outfit at this point. The leaders and the reigning champions Sydney seem to be untouchable at the very top, but the Scottish manager Ernie Merrick has indeed done an outstanding job so far in the season.
Nonetheless, Merrick and his men will have quite a challenging task finding the holes in Melbourne’s defensive line on Friday. The hosts have kept a clean sheet against one of the strongest attacking lines in the league on Saturday and they’ve won back-to-back away matches in A-League.
Newcastle are still handicapped without their star man and the league’s third top scorer Roy O’Donovan who renewed his injury and who is not expected to make the return here at AAMI Park. Andrew Nabbout remains the main threat up front for the Jets in his absence, but goals came from the center of the park on Friday when Merrick’s side demolished Western Sydney Wanderers 4-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets: Predictions
This will be one of the most interesting clashes of the Matchday in A-League with both teams on a splendid spell of form heading into it. Even though the bookies fancy the home outfit to claim the spoils, we feel this might well end in team sharing the spoils in a low-scoring contest.
The hosts have been stern at the back lately, the visitors are without their top scorer and they have conceded more than one goal only once on last five occasions.
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets: Bet Tips
• Draw 3.60
• Under 2.5 goals FT 2.00
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets: Head-to-head
The head to head tie is all leveled at 16 wins for each of the teams who are about to take on each other for the 43rd time over the course of history.
Newcastle took a demolishing 4-1 win when the two likes previous met each other just over a month ago at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Prior to that match, Big V had won three and drew one of last four games.