Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Soccer Betting Prediction – A-league Australia. Does the City series hold up against the jets?

Soccer grounding is currently almost worldwide. Thanks in part to Australia for the fact that there is still a restriction. The ball rolls on down under and at least until the early end of the regular season the games are played without spectators.

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Soccer Betting Prediction

On the coming match day, Melbourne City runners-up are visiting the Newcastle Jets. The hosts are in the table cellar and their chances of reaching the subsequent championship round are very slim. The gap to sixth place, which brings the last ticket for the playoffs, is six points.

Nevertheless, the jets have of course not yet given up on this goal, which is why a committed appearance can be expected. This also applies to the guests who absolutely want to defend second place, as this gives them direct qualification for the semi-finals of the playoffs, which would skip a round.

For the duel between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City, the tip includes a mutual goal. Both teams will adopt an offensive style of play because against the background of the respective table position and the few games still to be played, only three of a kind count.

In addition, the guests are very offensive, but often vulnerable in defense. To be anchored to the most goals conceded by all teams currently occupying a place for the six-man championship round.

Newcastle Jets – Statistics & current form

The jets are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, but given the current season, the occasions for celebrations are limited. Only Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners have a weaker record in the A-League.

After the playoffs with a seventh place in the final accounts were narrowly missed last year, fate seems to be repeating itself this season.

The kickers from the port city have started with three wins and three draws in the last few weeks, but this came to an end last Friday. Newcastle lost to Brisbane Roar 0-1. The Hunter River footballers disappointed especially on the offensive.

Seasoned striker O’Donovan is back

A part of the team that, on the other hand, was recently strengthened again with the commitment of Roy O’Donovan. The 34-year-old Irishman came from the last opponent and immediately proved to be the hoped-for reinforcement. O’Donovan used three of his six missions for the East Coast troop.

The striker is admittedly not a real new signing, since he already played with great success at Newcastle before his short engagement in Brisbane. Last season, O’Donovan was the top scorer in the 2008 championship. His return is undoubtedly an important factor that explains the previous upward trends.

Coach exchange has paid off

In this context, the change of trainer for the jets is no less important. Since the Welshman Carl Robinson took over the job in early February, the jets have shown themselves to have improved significantly. His record of three wins and two draws, as well as one defeat, confirms the upturn through his commitment.

Probable lineup of Newcastle Jets:

➲ Italiano – Koutroumbis – Boogard – Topor-Stanley – Millar – Thurgate – Ugarkovic – Burns – Petratos – O’Donovan – Hoolahan

Last games from Newcastle Jets:

A-League
⚽️ 03/23 2020 Newcastle Jets 2 – 1 Melbourne City FC
⚽️ 03/20 2020 Brisbane Roar FC 1 – 0 Newcastle Jets
⚽️ 03/15 2020 Adelaide United 0-3 Newcastle Jets
⚽️ 02/29 2020 Newcastle Jets 2 – 1 Perth Glory
⚽️ 02/22 2020 Newcastle Jets 1 – 1 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne City – Statistics & current form

The Melburnians have never won the A-League title, but they have always been among the top teams in the league in recent years. A position in Australian football that can also be attributed to the kickers from the “Garden City” while the game is running.

City had to digest the painful departure of Bruno Fornaroli

Before the start of the season, however, there were doubts as to whether the club could again place in the top region of the table. The reason for the skepticism was the departure of club icon Bruno Fornaroli. The Uruguayan striker was the best goal-getter at the MCFC for a long time.

In his debut season 2015/16, the attacker won the title of the most accurate player in the A-League and in the following years he was also the clippers from duty in the ranks of City until a serious injury.

Now Fornaroli kicks at league competitor Perth Glory, where he also immediately became the club’s best goal-getter.

Maclaren keeps turning up

However, Jamie Maclaren filled the gap perfectly. In his second season at Melbourne, the Australian offensive player was able to increase extremely: With 18 goals, the 26-year-old currently occupies first place in the A-League scorer rating.

On the final day of the 4-2 win at the Central Coast Mariners, Maclaren also demonstrated his great condition. With a hat-trick, the striker, who was under contract with the Lilies from Darmstadt in the second division of the Bundesliga, played a key role in helping the eleven of French coach Erick Mombaerts’ away win.

In general, the offensive is very constant and strikes the most after league leaders Sydney FC. That it is only enough for second place is due to the clearly weaker defensive team part. The defense cannot keep up with the top of the table. They have twice as many goals.

Even the reference to the fact that the first team played two league games less puts the deficit in perspective. A strong offensive and weak defensive combine to make Melbourne the second highest average of goals per game.

With this in mind, Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne City’s odds for at least three hits in the course of the game are also of interest.

Probable lineup of Melbourne City:

➲ Glover – Good – Griffiths – Atkinson – Jamieson – Berenguer – Brillante – Luna Retamar – Susaeta – Maclaren – Noone

Last games from Melbourne City:

A-League
⚽️ 03/23 2020 Newcastle Jets 2 – 1 Melbourne City FC
⚽️ 03/20 2020 Central Coast Mariners 2-4 Melbourne City FC
⚽️ 03/14 2020 Melbourne City FC 1 – 1 Western Sydney Wanderers FC
⚽️ 03/08 2020 Perth Glory 2-3 Melbourne City FC
⚽️ 03/01 2020 Melbourne City FC 1 – 0 Brisbane Roar FC

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Direct comparison

The two previous duels ended with a victory for the Melbourne team. Both games were won on top of zero. For the next edition of the encounter between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City, the odds will still be balanced.

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Soccer Betting Predictions

Although the hosts can still qualify for the championship round, the chances are realistically rather slim. An assessment that arises especially after the last game day.

The 0-1 defeat at Brisbane Roar ended an interim catch-up in the form of six game days without defeat. In addition, there will be no home bonuses for the upcoming clash because the match will be played without spectators.

The Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Tip provides for a goal on both sides. The hosts have to be offensive to maintain the minimal chance for the championship round and the guests have the second best offensive, but regularly have defensive difficulties.

Key Facts – Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Tips

📌 Guests have the second best offensive in the A-League
📌 City won each of the two duels of the season confidently
📌 In City’s away games, 3.8 hits per encounter – second highest number

Last Friday, City let the bottom of the table and its most harmless attack series in the league pour out two goals. The shortcoming of a shaky line of defense also shows the record of 32 goals conceded after 22 game rounds – a record that is by far the weakest in the comparison of the teams in the first six places.

Last but not least, the statistics speak for the prediction: after all, this game outcome has already been observed in 70 percent of the previous home games of the Jets and in no less than eight of the eleven guest appearances in the second in the table.

Competition: A-League
Date: Mar 23, 2020
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ Yes
Odds: 1.53
Stake 8/10 units