Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City
Australia – A-League
Date: Friday, 15th February 2019
Kick-off at 08.50 UK/ 09.50 CET
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle).
The Jets have built up some momentum in their favor, at home. Their last three matches saw the team holding the fort against the visitors. They have no other go to be honest, as the group lies eight points away from even getting a peek into the playoffs. Ernie Merrick and his boys will find motivation from the fact that the visitors for this tie is struggling as of late.
City holds the dubious distinction of presenting the Mariners with their only league win this season. At this late stage in the A-League, it’s concerning that the team lost against the bottom-most squad in the league, and remains the only group that has gifted them three points. It must have knocked the wind out of the players, as since then, they have faced nothing but defeats on the road.
As they travel to Newcastle, the guys understand that it’s an uphill task.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last four matches saw the home-teams for those days, taking the win.
- 17 of the last 22 wins also belong to the hosts of those match-days.
- 8 of the last 12 wins at the McDonald Jones Stadium is in the name of the hosts.
- 10 of the last 12 meetings at this venue saw the home-team finding the back of the net.
- 8 of the last 12 games at the stadium had the hosts scoring two or more goals.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City: Prediction
Home-teams have consistently performed well in h2h ties. In fact, 17 of the last 22 wins belonged to them. Also, at this venue, eight of the last twelve went to the Jets’ way. Furthermore, Ernie Merrick’s men are unbeaten in their last three home-ties in a row, while their counterparts have lost their last three road trips. One of these was against the dead-last team in the competition, Central Coast Mariners.
I expect the hosts to avoid a loss, based on these observations.
Going on, the team from New South Wales have scored in 17 of their last 22 home-ties, while their opposite number conceded in 18 of their last 24 games on the road. Also, the hosts for Friday recorded two or more goals in eight of their last twelve h2h ties in front of their home crowd. And finally, the home-team is desperate for points and realizes that the chance to get a formidable squad like that of Heart, under duress once again this season, is pretty minimal. Expect them to capitalize on it.
I vouch for at least two goals from the hosts.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Newcastle Jets or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.25 (5/4).