Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory
Australia A-League Grand Final 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 5th May 2018
Kick-off at 10:50 UK/ 11:50 CET/ 7:50pm AEST
Venue: Hunter Stadium (Newcastle).
Newcastle Jets welcome Melbourne Victory for the grand finale of Australian A-League 2017/18 season.
The Jets finished second in the regular season, 6 points behind Sydney FC before knocking Melbourne City out of the way to reach their first finals in 2008.
Victory had an inconsistent season and profited from underperforming teams to finish 4th in the table. They defeated Adelaide United in the quarter final and then Sydney FC to book their tickets to the finals for a second consecutive season.
As a club, Melbourne Victory have the better experience at this stage of the competition having reached the grand final on five occasions and winning the title in 2007, 2009 and 2015). Meanwhile, the Jets are playing the final for a second time and they did lift the trophy in their lone previous appearance in 2008.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: Head-to-head
Overall 39 games played; Jets are ahead with 16 wins as against Victory’s 14 along with 9 draws.
At home, the Jets are unbeaten in the last three head-to-head meetings with the Big V with wins in the most recent two.
Melbourne Victory did win back-to-back games at Newcastle in 2016, but those remains to be their only wins here since 2009. Overall 13 games between them at Hunter Stadium since, Jets won 6 and drew 5.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Goalkeeper Jack Duncan is taken off midway through the semifinal clash with Melbourne City and Glenn Moss could deputize him in the final.
Ben Kantarovski is the only other player sidelined for the Jets who is nursing a hamstring injury.
The biggest disappointment for Melbourne Victory is the fitness of defender Rhys Williams, who unfortunately picked up an injury in the warm for the semi-final.
The teenage striker Christian Theoharous is currently nursing a ligament injury and is certain to miss the final showdown with the Jets on Saturday.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: Predictions
Without a doubt these are the two most attacking minded teams in this season’s A-League and their meeting on Saturday provide a high octane entertainer to neutral fans around the world. I wouldn’t personally dare to pick a winner here as there is nothing that separates them at the moment.
But, punters must expect some end to end action throughout the game and none of these sides can afford to sit back and defend even if they take an early lead. So, here we go with both teams to score as our first pick.
I do not see a stalemate happening either. Therefore, take advantage of the BTTS and No Draw combo if available with your bookmaker to make the most out of our investments.