Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Prediction and Betting Preview 23 Mar 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-1
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City PredictionThe ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar, but the show goes on in the A-League as Newcastle Jets host Melbourne City in a behind-closed-doors match at McDonald Jones Stadium on Monday.
Match status: 2019/20 A-League - Round 26
Kick-off:
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)
Melbourne are sitting pretty in second place as the season edges to its conclusion, while the Jets still have an outside chance of reaching the A-League finals.

The hosts have experienced a mini-resurgence under their new English manager but they will welcome a championship challenger to McDonald Jones Stadium.

Newcastle Jets will be aiming to keep their slim chances of an A-League finals appearance alive as they host Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium on Monday night.

With the competition going behind closed doors and having its schedule altered heavily because of the coronavirus outbreak, both teams will be playing their second match in three days.

The Jets were on a six-game unbeaten run until Friday night's 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar - with new manager Carl Robinson suffering his first defeat in charge of the club - and despite being in ninth position, can still make the finals with five matches to play.

Melbourne City took Central Coast Mariners to task on Friday night, but how will Newcastle Jets fare on Monday?

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Team News

The A-League schedule has been heavily altered in wake of the Covid-19 crisis, meaning a quick turnaround in matches for City and the Jets.

Melbourne beat Central Coast Mariners 4-2 on Friday to move four points clear of third-placed Wellington Phoenix, who have two games in hand still to play.

Jamie Maclaren bagged a hat-trick at Central Coast Stadium to move to 18 goals for the season, edging him one in front of Sydney FC's. With Adam Le Fondre at the top of the scoring charts, the Jets head into this game on the back of a 1-0 loss at Brisbane Roar, Scott McDonald scoring the only goal of the game on the Gold Coast.

That put an end to Newcastle's six-match unbeaten streak, including back-to-back victories over Perth Glory and Adelaide United to just about remain in contention to reach the end-of-season finals.

It also marked a first defeat for new boss Carl Robinson, and his side are now down in ninth and in desperate need of victory on Monday to keep their campaign alive.

This is a fixture City tend to do well in, having won five of their last six meetings with the Jets, most recently winning 2-0 when the sides met in mid-January.

Erick Mombaerts ' side are unbeaten in their last four league games and have lost one of their last six since the beginning of February.

With a finals berth all but sewn up, the visitors will now be looking to keep their momentum going for as long as the football remains on Down Under.

Injured or Suspended Players

Newcastle Jets: Ben Kantarovski and Lachlan Jackson.

Melbourne City: Richard Windbichler and Jack Hendry.

Pre-Match Odds

Newcastle Jets: 2.896
Draw: 3.48
Melbourne City: 2.15

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.



Who will win the match?

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City Predictions

Newcastle Jets' six-match unbeaten streak was ended on Friday and their playoff hopes appear to be all but over as a result. Melbourne enter this game in good form, meanwhile, and look good value to add three more points to the board on Monday.
Main Match Predictions:
BTTS & Over 2.5 @ 1.78
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Correct Score:
Newcastle Jets 1-3 Melbourne City @ 17.00
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