Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney Wanderers Predictions
With both sides coming off opening round losses, they will be out to get the ball rolling in 2021. I’m predicting this match to see over 2.5 goals and for both sides to score.
- Newcastle have scored in 4 of their last 6 matches (A-League).
- This fixture has seen over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of the 7 meetings (A-League).
- Western Sydney have seen over 2.5 goals scored in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).
Head to Head
These two sides have met on 23 occasions with both winning eight games each and playing out seven draws.
Their last meeting in February ended in a 1-1 draw. The Wanderers opened the scoring through striker Mitchell Duke in the fifth minute before the Jets equalised late through midfielder Matt Millar.
Newcastle Jets Form
Newcastle failed to hit the ground running in their first match of the season. The Jets went down 1-0 to the Central Coast Mariners, conceding moments before half time.
The Jets came close to equalising when midfielder Angus Thurgate struck the woodwork in the 69th minute, while forward Kosta Petratos had an attempt cleared off the line.
This ends an impressive run of results for the club. Coming into the season, the Jets were five games unbeaten and had scored on four of those occasions.
The Jets have been prolific in front of goal while at home, with their final home match of last season ending in a 3-0 win against the Wellington Phoenix.
Newcastle Jets Injuries & Team News
Forward Jason Hoffman will be sidelined after he was forced off with a leg injury in the ninth minute of Newcastle’s loss to the Mariners.
Meanwhile, midfielder John Koutroumbis will miss with an ankle injury, while midfielder Ben Kantarovski will also be unavailable due to a calf complaint.
Western Sydney Wanderers Form
Western Sydney fell short against newcomers Macarthur in the opening round. A deflected goal undid the Wanderers who went on to lose 1-0 at home.
In addition to having a penalty rescinded by the VAR, the Wanderers were denied on several occasions by Macarthur goalkeeper Adam Federici.
This was the first match in eight where the Wanderers did not score. Prior to this, the Wanderers were involved in several high scoring affairs including a 5-3 loss to Western United at the end of last season.
Despite scoring quite regularly, the Wanderers have also been quite shaky at the back. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last four matches and have seen BTTS in seven of their last nine.
Western Sydney Wanderers Injuries & Team News
The Wanderers come in for the second straight week with a fully fit squad.
Several of the club’s new signings including midfielder James Troisi, forward Bernie Ibini and goalkeeper Daniel Margush made their debuts last week.
Midfielder Anthony Lesiotis was left out of the squad but will be in contention to make his first appearance for the side this week.