A spot in the top six awaits one of these sides when they clash on Boxing Day.
Newcastle has been one of the surprise packets of the competition and currently sit fifth on the table, just two points clear of the eighth-placed Wellington Phoenix. With the competition being very tight, just three points separate fifth from ninth spot!
Newcastle go into this off the back of an injury-time winner against Adelaide last week while the Phoenix rose from the dead to snatch a draw against the Wanderers after being down by two goals at one point.
Newcastle are out to notch a hat-trick of wins for the first time this season. Knocking off Perth and Adelaide in their two most recent encounters, the Jets return to form has coincided with Andrew Nabbout returning to the line-up.
Credit has to be given for Newcastle's wins recently as it had been a long time since they won against either the Glory or the Reds.
HARD TO BEAT
Ernie Merrick's departure from Wellington has seen the team's fortunes rise.
While it isn't surprising, considering teams lift when there is a personnel change in management, Wellington's comprehensive win over the Mariners was followed up by an impressive comeback to share the points with Western Sydney after trailing by two goals in the second half.
Wellington's 2-0 win back in Round 5 is their second success in the past six fixtures between the sides. Newcastle has seemed to have their measure during this run, winning three times in six games with all those efforts coming in the past four games.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Newcastle is playing in outstanding form and playing in the Hunter definitely gives them the advantage. Wellington's away form has been dismal with just one win from five games this season.
Like many teams in the Aleague, Newcastle seem to reserve their best football for when they play at home with eight of their 13 goals scored at McDonald Jones Stadium.
With Nabbout in form and the return of another key man in Morten Norstrand, they will be posing plenty of questions to Wellington's defence which has generally been okay on the road barring the six-goal massacre against Melbourne Victory at the end of October.
The Jets definitely won't have it their own way with Wellington boosted with the news Shane Smeltz, second on the all-time A League scoring charts, has signed on for the remainder of the season. This will give the perfect foil to teammate Roy Krishna who has been scoring for fun of late, notching seven goals in his past six games.
THE TIP: NEWCASTLE
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go Overs – an average of 3.66 goals has been scored between the teams in their past six outings!