Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City play their second game of the weekend when they square off on Monday night in the A-League.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City A-League kicks off at 7.30pm AEDT at McDonald Jones Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City A-League Round 25 Match Preview
Both the Jets and City will be backing up just 72 hours after their respective Friday night fixtures as the A-League attempts to complete the season before a complete lockdown due to coronavirus.
It looked as if Newcastle might not play a game this weekend after Wellington players were forced into a 14-day quarantine courtesy of the new travel polices brought in by the government, but now they will be competing twice in four days.
The Jets won’t mind a heavy schedule at the moment – they are very much in form, going unbeaten in their last six games since new coach Carl Robinson took over the reigns.
With a crucial contest against Brisbane coming up on Friday night, Newcastle know if they take a maximum six points, they will propel themselves right into finals contention – a thought that was virtually impossible a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, City will also view this is an excellent chance to build up some momentum and further establish themselves in the top two.
Catching runaway leaders Sydney FC is basically impossible, but City can lock down second spot if they beat two teams currently languishing outside the top six – Central Coast Mariners on Friday and Newcastle on Monday.
City come into this clash unbeaten in their last three, including two wins over Brisbane and Perth, along with last week’s draw against Western Sydney.
City have dominated their two meetings this season, prevailing 4-0 on December 15 and 2-0 on January 18. This is a very different Jets outfit, but City is excellent value for the win away from home.
Melbourne City – $2.40
Newcastle Jets – $2.70
Draw – $3.50
– City have won both of their games this season by a combined 6-0 scoreline
– City have won six of their last eight meetings
– Jets have been held scoreless in five of those matches