Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets
Date: Sunday, 21 October 2018
Kick-Off at 05:00 UK/ 06:00 CET
Venue: Regional Stadium (Wellington).
The 2018/19 season of Australia’s top tier football starts on Friday; A-League is highly competitive being one of the shortest leagues with 27 rounds played.
In their first match of the season the Nix will take on Newcastle on their home soil.
The hosts have brought in Mark Rudan this year as head coach. He has spent his entire managerial career in Australia.
The home side finished 9th in 2017-2018 season.
Captained by Andrew Durante who has the most caps in the club’s history, they were the team which conceded the most goals in that season (55). They do not have a clean sheet in the last 16 games.
The team has brought in 7 midfielders this season through transfer window.
This is the 13th season in the League for the Jets. Coach Ernie Merrick will play against his old team in the match on Sunday.
Merrick helped the Jets to reach the finals of last season unfortunately losing to Melbourne Victory for a single goal in that game. He also need to prepare for this year AFC Champions League.
Another man going against his former side will be Matthew Ridenton who played for the Nix last season.
Jason Hoffman scored the winning goal for them when these sides last met.
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets: Head-to-head (h2h)
In their last 10 h2h matches both teams have 5 wins each.
Last h2h meeting was on March this year and Jets won by a single goal.
The Nix has lost 7 of their last 10 competitive matches while winning only 2.At home they have lost and won 2 each in the last 5 games in all competitions.
Jets were able to win only 4 of their last 10 fixtures and lost 6 of them.5 of their previous travels resulted in 2 wins and 3 defeats in all competitions.
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets: Prediction
Start of a new season can be a bit slow for most teams. Considering the Merrick’s team are in they are favourites coming into this game.
Both teams have a lot of changes in their squad and the managers will be looking to find the right combination for the long run. After a series of pre-season games forwards will be warmed up but we may not see the net bulging too much.
Wellington Phoenix vs. Newcastle Jets: Betting Tips
Jets to win @ 2.20 (6/5).
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.40 (7/5).