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Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City A-League Preview and Team News - Jets aim over Melbourne double

Andrew Hendrie 30 Nov 2017
  • Newcastle Jets face Melbourne City in the A-League on Saturday night
  • Second up against third
  • Two teams have split their last four meetings at four wins apiece
Jets host City on Saturday night

Newcastle Jets look to overcome a horror injury-toll and maintain their spot near the top of the A-League ladder when they face Melbourne City on Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Nobody would have predicted the flying start Newcastle have made to the new season, with the reigning wooden-spooners sitting pretty in second spot on the ladder, just two points behind Sydney FC and four ahead of their opponents on Saturday night, Melbourne City.

Five wins, two draws and just one loss from eight games is an excellent return for Ernie Merrick in his first season in charge of the once-embattled Jets - and the two-time premiership winning coach faces another battle in Round 9.

A total of seven players are out injured for the Jets this weekend, including key players Roy O’Donovan, Daniel Georgievski, Jason Hoffman, Jack Duncan, Wayne Brown and Ronny Vargas.

Nevertheless, the Jets have been coping superbly so far, with Dimi Petratos - arguably the best player in the A-League this season - and Andrew Nabbout really stepping up, along with young winger Joey Champness.

Merrick has transformed the Jets into the competition’s resident ‘entertainers’ as the side have fired in 20 goals in just eight games. To put that number in perspective, Newcastle scored just 28 in 27 games as they plummeted to the wooden spoon last season.

Meanwhile, City are again struggling for consistency after a bright start to the season, with assistant coach Michael Valkanis sacked earlier this week by the City Group.

Tim Cahill isn’t getting the game time he desires and needs ahead of the World Cup, while City as a unit simply aren’y gelling anymore, coming into this fixture following back-to-back 3-1 defeats against Brisbane and Perth - two teams that aren’t exactly setting the world on fire.

Newcastle’s depth will be tested this week, but Merrick has his side playing confident attacking football, and they don’t look like falling off at all. If City dish up the same sort of performances as they have the last fortnight, the Jets should find the net a few more times on Saturday night.

Stats


  • Jets and City have split their last four meetings at two wins apiece
  • Newcastle won their last clash at McDonald Jones Stadium 2-1
  • City won their last meeting 4-0 in March earlier this year


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Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City A-League Preview and Team News - Jets aim over Melbourne double

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