Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets A-League Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Struggling sides clash for vital three points

Andrew Hendrie 31 Jan 2019
  • Western Sydney Wanderers face Newcastle Jets in Round 17 of the A-League on Friday
  • Jets unbeaten in their last four games against Wanderers
Wanderers host Jets on Friday

Newcastle Jets are tasked with a must-win clash to open A-League Round 17 action on Friday night when the take on the Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium.

Wanderers vs Jets kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at ANZ Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


It’s really now or never for the struggling Jets as last season’s grand finalists come up against the Wanderers on Friday night in Sydney.

Currently 11 points adrift of the top six, the Jets are facing the steepest of uphill battles to play finals football for the second season running, with the likes of Adelaide and Wellington showing no signs of dropping easy points.

That means Newcastle have to go on a big winning run until the end of the season, but their current form just doesn’t suggest they’re capable.

Scoring goals has become a big problem for the Jets this season, and it didn’t get any better last week as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat away to Perth, managing just one shot on target for the entire 90 minutes.

However, while that result was of course disappointing, it pales in comparison to what the Wanderers went through last week.

Somehow, someway, the Wanderers let slip of a 2-0 lead in the 92nd minute to draw 2-2 with Brisbane at Suncorp.

Vedran Janjetovic was the villian for Western Sydney as the goalkeeper inexcusably tapped a harmless ball that was going out for a goal kick, causing a corner for Brisbane, who punished them when Adam Taggart fired a header home to equalise for 2-2.

The Wanderers are now 16 points outside the top six and are basically out of the running barring an absolute miracle.

Newcastle have a good recent record against the Wanderers, going unbeaten in their last four fixtures and winning their last clash 2-0 in November. However, the Wanderers certainly should have scraped at least a draw in that match, missing several golden chances, and with the lack of confidence these two teams have at the moment, I can see a lacklustre share of the spoils playing out in this one.

Match Stats


Western Sydney Wanderers - $2.50
Newcastle Jets - $2.65
Draw - $3.50

Stats


  • Wanderers lost their last six A-League games at ANZ Stadium
  • Jets unbeaten in last four meetings against Wanderers
  • Newcastle aiming for first consecutive away wins over Wanderers

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets A-League Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Struggling sides clash for vital three points

Newcastle Jets are tasked with a must-win clash to open A-League Round 17 action on Friday night when the take on the Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium.

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