Prediction and odds for the game: Newcastle Jets (19/10) v Melbourne City (11/8)
We are backing the away win
When: Monday 23rd March 2020, Kick-off 08:30
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium
On Monday morning, Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City go head-to-head at the McDonald Jones Stadium in the A-League.
The home side are six points outside the top-six and need to start picking up points if they are to have a chance of featuring in the final series. A promising run of six matches undefeated in the A-League ended last time out, as the Jets went down to a 1-0 defeat at Brisbane Roar.
Newcastle’s recent home form in the A-League could hardly be called consistent, as they have managed to claim victory just three times in their last ten leagues on home soil. They are, however, unbeaten in four matches in the A-League at the McDonald Jones Stadium.
While their home matches have not always been high-scoring of late in the A-League, five of their last six games on home soil have seen both teams score.
The Jets have struggled in meetings against the visitors of late, as Melbourne have won five of the last six games between the two teams. Newcastle have just one of those encounters.
The visitors currently look in a good position to finish in second place and seal an automatic spot in the final series. They are eight points adrift of Sydney in top spot and four points clear of third-place Wellington Phoenix. However, only Central Coast Mariners has played as many games as Eric Mombaerts.
City head into this game on the back of four wins in their last six A-League matches. In their last league match, the visitors recorded a 4-2 victory at struggling Central Coast Mariners. The game was the fifth match in seven league Melbourne games, in which both teams have scored.
One of the main features of Melbourne’s A-League campaign so far this season has been their attacking prowess. Only league leaders Sydney FC have scored more goals in the A-League this season than City.
Melbourne’s recent away form has been a mixed bag. They have recorded back-to-back away wins at Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners. However, before the wins, Melbourne had suffered three defeats in their previous four league matches on their travels. The visitor’s recent away games in the league have been entertaining when it has come to goals scored, as nine of their last ten away matches have produced over 2.5 goals scored.
The home sides recent form has been mixed in the A-League. The visitors have been slightly more consistent of late, which is why we are backing the away win in this clash. The other bet we are recommending is over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 11/8 and/or the over 2.5 goals scored sat odds of 4/7. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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