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Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix: All you need to know about this A-League match

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Newcastle Jets put in another very solid performance last weekend as they played out a 1-1 draw at home to Western Sydney Wanderers, extending their unbeaten start to the Hyundai A-League season to four matches and putting them in a very promising position.

If they carry on in this vein they should easily make the A-League playoffs, a goal they haven’t achieved for the past six years. Finally their summer changes seem to be paying off, and they will just be hoping this isn’t a flash in the pan.

New signing Roy O’Donovan has been the catalyst in many ways for this rise. He has scored a very impressive five goals already this season, including a hat-trick in his A-League debut for The Jets when he put his former club Central Coast Mariners to the sword. Given his excellent start to life at Newcastle Jets, and the fact Wellington Phoenix have shipped seven goals in their last three games, backing him to find the net looks a great choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.

Wellington Phoenix are yet to win a match this season. They have put in decent performances against Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United but only picked up a point in both of them, whilst trips to Sydney FC and Melbourne City both ended in defeat.

The visitors problem undoubtedly lies at the back. They have shipped eight goals in their four league games so far, including three against both Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC. Considering they are coming up against a Newcastle Jets side who have scored ten league goals already this season this does not bode well for them.

 

Match Details:

Australia A-League 2017-18

Date: Saturday, 4 November, 2017

Kick off at: 14.20 IST/ 9.50 CET

Venue: Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

 

Head to Head:

Newcastle Jets have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six meetings with Wellington Phoenix.

There have been Over 2.5 goals in 92% of the last 12 meetings between these sides. Newcastle Jets have scored at least two goals in 75% of their league games this season, whilst Wellington Phoenix have shipped two or more in 75% of their last 12 away games.

Team News:

Newcastle Jets~

Striker Ronald Vargas is the only absentee for Newcastle Jets.

Wellington Phoenix~

Wellington Phoenix are without centre back Marco Rossi for this clash.

 

Prediction:

Newcastle Jets have scored at least two goals in three of their four matches so far, and Wellington Phoenix’s last 12 away games in the A-League have seen them ship at least two goals nine times. Backing Newcastle Jets Over 1.5 Team Goals looks a great choice for this one, as does a 3-1 correct score prediction.