Are the Phoenix ready to break their maiden?

Thu, 3 Nov, 3:54 PM

WELLINGTON PHOENIX V NEWCASTLE JETS Saturday afternoon, Westpac Stadium

Are the Phoenix ready to break their maiden?

Wellington will be out to secure some much needed points when they host Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

The only team yet to get off the mark this campaign, it hasn't been through lack of trying and they will be desperate here.

In their two home performances they have been mighty hard to beat, going down to a pair of 1-0 results against Melbourne City and Sydney FC.

Those teams are the benchmark in the competition and face an easier assignment here although the Jets definitely won't be pushovers.

The surprise packets of the competition, Newcastle suffered their first defeat of the campaign at home last week against Sydney FC.

One of Wellington's biggest problems has been scoring.

In the opening four rounds they only have one goal to show for all their attacking efforts and that was last week against Melbourne Victory. Drill down even further and you find that it was a penalty and not from open play.

With players such as Kosta Barbarouses, Gui Finkler and Roy Krishna they should definitely be putting more into the back of the net.

Newcastle has shown a liking for playing Wellington as they have won the last three games against them.

That stat won't please the Phoenix who go into this riding a nine-game losing streak - a club record!

Expect to see plenty of goals in this one as there is usually no rest for the goalkeepers. A whopping 4.1 goals are scored on average between these teams in their last six encounters.

Wellington's return home shifts the balance of power in their favour here.

Usually when teams cop a hiding, just like they did last week against the Victory 6-1, they bounce back the following week and the fact it's at home definitely plays in their favour.

NOTE: Here's an incredible stat for you. An own goal has been scored in three of the last four games between the sides.

THE TIP: Wellington - they are much better than their form suggests and will be out to break their record losing streak

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go the Overs as 12 goals have been scored the last three times they've met

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