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Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory A-League Preview and Team News - Jets aim for more home success over Victory

Andrew Hendrie 31 Jan 2018
  • Newcastle Jets face Melbourne Victory in the A-League on Saturday
  • Top four battle with Victory needing the three points to keep pace with those above them
Jets host Victory on Saturday

A top four blockbuster awaits on Saturday as Newcastle Jets square off against Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium in A-League Round 19 action.

Newcastle will be out for revenge over Victory when the two sides collide for the second time in the space of a month on Saturday afternoon.

Victory came away with a 2-1 win on that night courtesy of goals from Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses - and at that moment, it appeared as if Kevin Muscat’s side were about to charge up the ladder.

However, Victory couldn’t ride that momentum, slumping to lacklustre draws against the struggling Mariners and Phoenix over the next fortnight, while they also blew a 1-0 lead in the second half to fall 3-1 to Sydney FC in the Big Blue last week.

That loss leaves Victory a whopping 17 points behind the Sky Blues, while they are also trailing the Jets by eight points and cross-town rivals City by four.

Which means this is a must-win clash for Victory if they want to keep pace with the two teams above them and further cement their top four status.

Newcastle on the other hand have done a tremendous job of maintaining their stranglehold on second spot over the busy holiday season throughout late December and the whole of January.

A loss to Wellington was disappointing a couple of weeks ago, but they have been brilliant for the most part, playing out arguably the match of the season in a 2-2 draw away to Sydney a month ago, along with claiming solid wins over Central Coast and Brisbane and registering an entertaining 2-2 draw away to City last week.

The reinforcements are returning for the Jets as well, with star striker Roy O’Donovan in the squad for his first game in three months, while Ronny Vargas also started training again this week for the first time since breaking his leg earlier in the season.

With Pato Rodriguez already showing he is on another level to most of the A-League, the Jets will be determined to ride this momentum all the way through the season and prove they are genuine premiership contenders.

Newcastle thumped Victory earlier this season at home, coming away 4-1 winners after Mark Milligan was sent off for a headbutt. It’s a nice match-up for the Jets, with Victory not having the strongest defence and also playing a similar game style, which ensures an attacking game. Victory don’t have a good record at McDonald Jones, so I’ll back the confident Jets home for the win.

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  • Victory have only won once at McDonald Jones Stadium in the last six years
  • Newcastle won 4-1 in their last clash at the venue in November
  • Victory won 2-1 in their last meeting at AAMI Park in December

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