Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City Betting Tip: Melbourne City WIN – 23 March 2020

City seeking to extend dominance in this fixture

Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City

Monday, 23 March 2020 – 08:30 GMT Kick-Off
Australian A-League
Pick: Melbourne City to WIN
Odds: 7/5
Bookmaker: BetVictor

(All betting odds displayed were correct at time of writing: 20 March 2020 at 16:50 GMT)

Preview: Football in Australia’s A-League continues behind closed doors for the foreseeable meaning no fans inside the McDonald Jones Stadium for Newcastle Jets‘ clash at home to Melbourne City.

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Newcastle Jets Preview – Final Series aspirations over?

Any lingering hope the Newcastle Jets (9th – W5 D6 L10, GF24 GA38) may have harboured for the Final Series – a knockout style tournament involving only the top six sides at the end of the regular season – appear to be all but over after Friday’s 1-0 defeat on the road against Brisbane Roar. An outcome which left them with six points to make up on sixth-placed Western United, who have played a game less.

In a game of few chances, The Jets would fail to register a single attempt on target last time out – although would see an effort ruled out for offside as well as striking the woodwork late on. It was also a new experience for manager Carl Robinson with the Welshman suffering his first loss since assuming the reins in February, as the 43-year-old saw his team’s six-game unbeaten streak (W3 D3) snapped.

The setback in Brisbane would also represent a first blank in front of goal for six games, having previously netted eleven times across five A-League encounters. The majority of them, seven, were scored at their McDonald’s Jones Stadium, though, where they remain without a league defeat in four (W2 D2) since a 2-1 reverse against runaway leaders Sydney FC in early January.


Jamie Maclaren First Goalscorer



Melbourne City Preview – On course to finish as the best of the rest?

Catching Sydney FC at the summit of Australia’s A-League, with only a handful fixtures remaining, is unlikely to materialise for Melbourne City (2nd – W12 D4 L6, GF41 GA32) who are seven points further back in second having played two games more. Finishing as runners-up does come with a notable consolation prize, however, in the shape of a first-round bye for the Final Series. On current form at least, they will take some dislodging.

Friday’s thrilling spectacle at Central Coast Mariners, scoring four away from home versus the worst team in the division to etch out a 4-2 scoreline, made it ten points from the last twelve available (W3 D1). Only the aforementioned Sydney FC, meanwhile, have plundered goals at a superior rate this season than City’s 41 from 22 matches, of which 18 have now been scored by the league’s leading marksmen, Jamie Maclaren.

It was Maclaren who claimed most of the plaudits last time out, netting his second hat-trick of the season to take him one goal clear of Sydney FC’s Adam Le Fondre in the Golden Boot race. Ominously, the 26-year-old Australian international has netted the majority (11) of his 18 on the road, where he averages a goal-a-game across Melbourne City’s eleven away matches (W5 D2 L4) thus far.


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Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City Betting Advice

In all likelihood, there is to be no coming back from losing away to Brisbane Roar last time out for Newcastle Jets, whose hopes of making the Final Series appear done despite suffering just a first loss in seven (W3 D3 L1). By contrast, Melbourne City still have a runners-up finish to fight for and should bounce into this fixture after securing a third win in four (W3 D1) by comfortably beating a poor Central Coast recently.


Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City – Key Facts

  • Losing 1-0 away to Brisbane Roar halted a six-game run of games (W3 D3) without losing for Newcastle Jets.
  • Three wins and no losses – the form from Melbourne City across their previous four A-League games.
  • Melbourne City have dominated recent editions of this fixture, winning five of the last six meetings in league and cup – including both A-League encounters this season, doing so ‘to nil’ on both occasions (2-0 and 0-4).


Newcastle Jets boast a better points-per-game ratio at home (1.30) than they do away (0.73), although this still compares unfavourably to Melbourne City’s 1.55 PPG in away outings. The visitors boast superior winning form, are still fighting for second and will carry a significant goal threat. All five of City’s away victories this season included three or more goals in the match: Melbourne City & Over 2.5 Goals is 9/4 (Betway).

Best Betting Odds for Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City

Newcastle Jets – 19/10 (Betfair)
Draw – 13/5 (Unibet)
Melbourne City – 7/5 (BetVictor)