Melbourne City will look to continue their strong recent run when they travel to Newcastle Jets on Monday.
City ran out 4-2 winners against Central Coast Mariners last time out in an entertaining clash in Gosford, tightening their grip on second place.
For the Jets, it’s do or die if they’re to make the post-season. Carl Robinson’s men had put together an impressive six-game unbeaten run prior to their 1-0 defeat to Brisbane Roar last time out. If their already fanciful play-off hopes are to remain alive, they simply must win here.
Will Melbourne City continue their winning run or will the Jets get back into play-off contention? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and live stream information.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City: Key details, TV & live stream info
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Date: Monday, 23 March 2020
Kick-off: 8:30 AM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1 HD
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Last five meetings: Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City
18 Jan 2020: Melbourne City 2-0 Newcastle Jets (A-League)
15 Dec 2019: Newcastle Jets 0-4 Melbourne City (A-League)
15 Feb 2019: Newcastle Jets 3-1 Melbourne City (A-League)
06 Jan 2019: Melbourne City 2-1 Newcastle Jets (A-League)
02 Dec 2018: Melbourne City 3-0 Newcastle Jets (A-League)
Aggregate Score: Newcastle Jets (LLWLL) 4-12 Melbourne City (WWLWW)
Ones to watch
Newcastle Jets: Dimitrios Petratos
If the Jets are to get their late surge for the top six back on track, they’ll be heavily reliant on the creative exploits of Dimitrios Petratos.
The Socceroo sits joint-top of the A-League for assists so far this season and is one of the most effective playmakers in the division.
His service will be vital between now and the end of the season.
Key stat: Petratos has created more chances (75) than any other player in the A-League this season.
Melbourne City: Jamie Maclaren
Jamie Maclaren has been in red-hot form this season but took his game to a whole new level against the Mariners last time out.
The Australia international bagged a hat-trick to fire his side to a 4-2 victory against the A-League’s basement club, overtaking Adam Le Fondre in the Golden Boot standings in the process.
With momentum on his side, Maclaren might be hard to stop between now and the end of the season.
Key stat: Maclaren has scored more goals (18) than any other player in the A-League this season.
Ben Kantarovski and Lachlan Jackson are both likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Joe Ledley makes his starting debut while Bernie Ibini drops to the bench.
Confirmed XI: Italiano; Millar, Koutroumbis, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, O’Toole; Fitzgerald, Ugarkovic, Ledley, Petratos; O’Donovan.
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Richard Windbichler (hamstring) and Celtic loanee Jack Hendry (knee) are sidelined long-term.
With a quick turnaround time, a number of changes have been made to the City starting XI, with the likes of Lachlan Wales, Harrison Delbridge and Connor Metcalfe coming in.
Confirmed XI: Glover; Atkinson, Griffiths, Delbridge, Jamieson; Luna, Brillante, Metcalfe; Susaeta, Maclaren, Wales.
Newcastle’s defeat to Brisbane last time out all but ended their already slim play-off hopes, although they’ll still want to beat Melbourne here to keep their pipedream alive.
However, they face a City side brimming with confidence and in Maclaren, a striker seemingly unstoppable right now. We fancy a comfortable win for the away side.