Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory: match preview
There still may be a third of the regular season to go but it’s basically win-or-bust stage for Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory if they are any hope of reaching the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
Carl Robinson’s first game in charge of the Jets last weekend saw his side pick up a 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers to move off the foot of the ladder.
But they remain 11 points away from the top six and face a Victory side they have lost to on four occasions in their last five meetings.
At least the Jets have found a little bit of form, going three games without defeat ahead of Robinson’s first match in front of the home fans in the Hunter.
In contrast, Victory still haven’t won a Hyundai A-League match under new boss Carlos Salvachua.
That’s a run of five matches since their last win in the competition, and they will likely need to overcome some tiredness following a long trip back from Korea after their AFC Champions League loss against FC Seoul on Tuesday night.
Saturday, 22 February 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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To be confirmed on Thursday.
Did you know?
- Melbourne Victory have won three of their last six Hyundai A-League games against the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium (D1, L2), each of their three wins in that stretch coming by a score of 1-0.
- The Jets (5.9) have made the most shots on target per game of any team this Hyundai A-League campaign, while Victory (3.7) have made the fewest.
- Victory are winless in their last five Hyundai A-League games (D1, L4); the last time they went longer without a win was a seven-game stretch from May to November in 2017 (D4, L3).
- Newcastle Jets duo Matthew Millar and Dimitri Petratos have created 18 scoring chances for one another this Hyundai A-League campaign, the most of any two players in the competition.