Newcastle Jets hosts Melbourne City in round 26 of Australian A-League. The match will be played on Monday, March 23rd at McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)
Newcastle Jets has been dragging at the bottom of the standings for quite some time, having 21 points in its assets. However, they didn’t lose their chances of getting into the playoff zone. Thus, there are only six points to the coveted top six, and therefore, it is difficult to imagine a more impressive motivation than this. Before the recent away failure in Brisbane (0: 1), the club showed a good unbeaten streak of six matches, having gained three wins and three draws. The Jets beat Perth Glory (2:1) and Adelaide (3:0), which were unlucky to meet with a super-motivated opponent. At the same time, a reliable game in defense has become an unprecedented rarity for the team. Newcastle concedes almost two goals per game and sometimes even arranges concerts, as in matches with Central Coast Mariners (4:3), Perth Glory (2:6) and Sydney (1:4).
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Melbourne City is clinging to second place in every possible way. And there was a good streak in March, which brought the club 10 points in four matches. After 22 rounds played, Melbourne City only four times failed to hit the opponent’s goal, while they conceded no less – in 17 matches. Frequent passage of “Both teams to score – yes” is displayed in the statistical indicator of goals scored and conceded. Melbourne City has almost the best number of goals scored in the championship, being inferior only to leading Sydney, and it has the worst indicator of goals conceded in the top six - 32.
Given the special motivation of both teams, the current shape of the teams, as well as the addiction to playing with Over 2.5 goals scored in head-to-head meetings (101 goals in 30 matches), we can assume a pleasant scenario with an open game and without the middle of the field at least most of the time!
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - yes