The A-League meeting at McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday sees hosts Newcastle United Jets lock horns with opponents Western United.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Newcastle United Jets v Western United, scroll down - as well as the best betting odds.
Newcastle United Jets
Newcastle United Jets will be hoping for a better result following a 2-1 A-League losing effort in their last game against Macarthur FC.
In that match, Newcastle United Jets had 75% possession and 21 attempts at goal with 8 on target. The scorer for Newcastle United Jets was Beka Mikeltadze (35'). On the other side, Macarthur FC got 7 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Daniel De Silva (48') and James Meredith (84') scored for Macarthur FC.
It has been seldom in recent times that Newcastle United Jets haven’t conceded. In fact, Newcastle United Jets have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 9 goals on the way.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Melbourne Victory in A-League competition, Western United will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Western United managed 53% possession and 22 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for Western United was Aleksandar Prijović (86'). At the other end, Melbourne Victory had 15 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Jason Geria (18'), Josh Brillante (19') and Nick D'Agostino (94') scored for Melbourne Victory.
Over the course of 5 of the prior six games featuring Western United, a relatively low number of goals have been struck between them and opposing sides. The overall average goals scored per game within that spell comes out as just 1.5, with the average goals for The West equalling 0.83. Such a trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this next game, though.
Head to head
The previous league fixture between the two was A-League match day 19 on 26/04/2021 when it finished Western United 2-0 Newcastle United Jets.
In that game, Western United managed 56% possession and 12 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Dylan Pierias (69').
Newcastle United Jets got 13 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (12' Own goal) was the scorer.
The referee was Kurt Ams.
Team News: Newcastle United Jets
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just the sole fitness concern for the Newcastle United Jets gaffer Arthur Papas to contend with thanks to an almost full-strength set of players. Ben Kantarovski (Unknown Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Western United
Owing to a fully healthy squad available to select from, the Western United manager John Aloisi has no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this game.
We feel that Western United and Newcastle United Jets should both be able to find the back of the net here although it’s difficult to select a clear winner.
There should be little in it, and a draw looks to be quite a realistic result. We therefore think that it’s going to be a tight encounter with a 1-1 draw at the end of this game.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Newcastle United Jets
Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (33,000)
Captain: Matthew Jurman
Chairman: Shane Mattiske
Manager: Arthur Papas
Competitions: A-League position 9
⭐ Key Player: Beka Mikeltadze
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Beka Mikeltadze was born in Kutaisi, Georgia. Having made his senior debut playing for Dinamo Tbilisi in the 2016 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored 4 league goals in this A-League Men 2021 - 2022 season so far in a total of 5 appearances.