Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets A-League Tips, Predictions and Preview

Gary Emmerson:
Wellington Phoenix A-League

Wellington Phoenix will be out to bounce back to winning ways when they entertain bottom side Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium in the opening game of Round 16.

Phoenix v Jets kicks off at 5.00pm AEDT at Westpac Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview

Wellington Phoenix suffered a 1-0 on the road at Brisbane Roar last weekend to see a nine-game unbeaten run come to an end, and they will be looking to make that a one-off against the Jets.

Phoenix were punished for not taking their chances at Suncorp Stadium and they will have to more clinical if they are to get back to winning ways.

The good news for Wellington fans is that it is the bottom of the ladder Newcastle Jets who come town boasting the worst defensive record in the A-League having leaked 29 goals in 13 games.

The return of Nigel Boogaard from a long injury lay-off could be a boost for the Jets but can the veteran provide some much-needed solidity to the defence?

In attack, the Jets haven’t been much better – averaging less than a goal a game. They’ve scored just once in the last three matches and really are struggling to put teams under any pressure.

Phoenix should be making amends for last week’s slip up at Brisbane.

Match Odds

Wellington Phoenix – $1.91
Newcastle Jets – $3.75
Draw – $3.75

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