Newcastle Jets vs Adelaide United A-League Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Jets look to avenge December defeat to Adelaide

Andrew Hendrie 21 Feb 2019
  • Newcastle Jets host Adelaide United in Round 20 of the A-League on Sunday
  • Adelaide are undefeated in their last three meetings with Newcastle
Jets face Adelaide on Sunday

Newcastle Jets aim to continue their late charge towards the finals when they play host to Adelaide United in A-League Round 20 action on Sunday.

Jets vs Adelaide kicks off at 5.00pm AEDT at McDonald Jones Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Newcastle face another quick turnaround as they prepare to play their fourth game in 12 days on Sunday against finals rivals Adelaide.

The Jets flew back from Japan on Wednesday after being outclassed 4-1 by reigning Asian champions Kashima Antlers in their final round qualifying tie, but they can ill-afford any tired legs on Sunday as they attempt to keep their finals chances alive.

A slow start to the season has left the Jets languishing in the wrong half of the ladder, but Ernie Merrick’s team have improved over the last month or so, losing just one of their last seven A-League games, while they come into this clash on the back of a 3-1 win over City last week.

Depending on how City fares against Victory and how Phoenix goes against Sydney, the Jets could go within three points of those clubs if they beat Adelaide on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Reds will be determined to get back on track after a lacklustre 3-1 defeat to the lowly Wanderers last week.

It’s been a strange season for Adelaide - they’ve secured the FFA cup trophy, but they’ve rarely set the A-League alight with high quality for me. The Reds have done what they’ve needed to do, but when push comes to shove, I still have my doubts with the team and if they are genuine premiership contenders or simply making up the numbers.

Newcastle should have won their last clash at McDonald Jones Stadium towards the end of 2018, but despite having 27 shots on goal, they conceded a late penalty to lose 2-1. I don’t think they’ll make the same mistakes this time around with what’s at stake. Newcastle have been playing the better football lately, and if they’re not too fatigued, they should be winning this one.

Match Odds


Newcastle Jets - $2.76
Adelaide United - $2.52
Draw - $3.55

Stats


  • Adelaide haven’t won back-to-back in Newcastle since 2005
  • Jets haven’t beaten Adelaide in their last three games
  • Adelaide won 2-1 in their last clash in December

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