Newcastle vs Melbourne City - Rd 9 A-League Preview & Betting Tips
Jets to keep on flying high
Newcastle is fast becoming the story of the season, with its swashbuckling style of play exceptionally pleasing on the eye. There were doubts about the Jets’ capacity to challenge once Ronald Vargas went down with his sickening leg injury, but Ernie Merrick’s men have kept on keeping on. Last week, the Novocastrians utterly dismantled Melbourne Victory, battering the three-time champions from start to finish. Adding to the impressiveness of the 4-1 win was that it was done without chief goal scorer Roy O’Donovan, who missed again through injury. Meanwhile, after such a promising start to the season, the wheels are starting to fall off at City. With management issues swirling and the departure of assistant coach Michael Valkanis this week, new boss Warren Joyce has his hands full keeping things together. One thing is for sure – dramatic improvement will be needed on last week’s listless 3-1 loss to Perth.
3 KEY POINTS
- After winning the first four games of the season, MELBOURNE CITY is now winless in its last four games.
- NEWCASTLE has lost just one game this season.
- NEWCASTLE has the best goal difference in the A-League (scored 20, conceded 9).
- In the last four games between these two teams, the home side has won every time.
- Melbourne City has won just three away games against Newcastle.
- The last time these teams met, City won 4-0 at AAMI Park.
- The Jets are the in-form team in the competition right now and look capable of dismantling anyone on any given day. Given the way Melbourne City defended in its 3-1 loss to Perth last week, if there is not a dramatic tightening at the back there could be another battering on offer here.
NEWCASTLE / NEWCASTLE
- If the Jets are given an early sniff, then they won’t look back.
- The attacking midfielder did everything but score against Victory in another imperious display last week. Can make amends here.
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- At least three goals to be scored here – by Newcastle alone!