Newcastle vs Central Coast - Rd 15 A-League Preview & Betting Tips
Derby honours may fall to the least weary.
Derby honours may fall to the least weary. After several off years, the F3 Derby is coming back in fashion and with the free-wheeling way both of these sides like to play, this would be a fixture high on the pecking order of games to watch for the neutral.
Despite its lengthy injury and unavailability list, Newcastle last week provided the competition a huge reminder that it will need to be taken seriously come finals time, taking it right up to Sydney in a 2-2 draw. Having twice led at Allianz Stadium, the Jets were unlucky not to take all three points, but will still take a huge amount of confidence out of that display.
Central Coast, meanwhile, played out an admirable 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory in Geelong but given that game was on Saturday, the Mariners are up against it in terms of preparations for this one. Not only does Paul Okon’s side only have a three-day break, but then there’s the travel and the fact that the game was played on an exceptionally hard pitch, which will make recovery tough.
3 KEY POINTS
- Andrew Nabbout’s goal last week was his seventh of the season for NEWCASTLE, taking him level with injured teammate Roy O’Donovan
- With an 11-point gap between it and seventh at the halfway point of the season, NEWCASTLE is on track to make finals for the first time since 2009-10
- CENTRAL COAST’S stalemate with Melbourne Victory was its second consecutive draw. The Mariners have not won since Round 9
JETS SOARING HIGHER OF LATE
- Newcastle smashed Central Coast 5-1 when these teams met in Round 1, but the scoreline didn’t tell the whole story, with the match as a whole an extremely entertaining affair
- Former Mariner Roy O’Donovan scored a first half hat-trick in his first outing for the Jets. But the Irishman is out for this one with a long-term groin injury
- In 20 home games against the Mariners, the Jets have won seven, drawn nine and lost four
- Despite its injury list, Newcastle keeps giving fans and punters reason to believe in them. Central Coast hasn’t been done any favours by the fixturing gods here either.
NEWCASTLE / NEWCASTLE
- If the Jets can put their foot on the throat of the fatigued Mariners early then they should be able to streak away.
- Has been one of the most impressive young guns in the competition this season, but perhaps hasn’t scored the amount of goals his play has deserved. Found the back of the net last week, so will one bring two?
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- With two teams that like to attack, add a bit of risk by going the overs in the 3.5 total goals market.