Macarthur FC vs. Newcastle Jets – A-League, April 18, 2021
If you’re betting on Macarthur vs. Newcastle, you’re probably wondering one thing – can the Jets upset the odds?
Craig Deans’ men finally ended their seven-match losing streak by holding Perth to a draw last time out. Still, there is no hiding from the fact that Newcastle’s last win came all the way back in February.
On the flip side, the Bulls find themselves fifth on the A-League ladder, 14 points ahead of second-bottom Newcastle. But it is worth noting that Ante Milicic’s team heads into the weekend on the back of two straight losses.
The two sides clash at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday, April 18. You can find my Macarthur FC vs. Newcastle Jets prediction and pick below.
Macarthur FC vs. Newcastle Jets Odds
10bet views Macarthur as the favorite to win this one, leaving Newcastle as the outsider. When you consider the Jets’ recent form, the price for the home victory seems pretty generous.
I assess both teams’ chances below.
Will Macarthur Return to Winning Ways?
The Bulls may sit fifth on the A-League ladder, but a record of W8-D2-L7 underlines their inconsistency.
Not so long ago, Macarthur clinched three straight A-League wins for the first time in the club’s history – beating Western United, Wellington, and Perth. But recent defeats against Brisbane and Adelaide have hindered the team’s top-six ambitions.
Ante Milicic’s men have failed to draw any of their last 11 matches, registering six wins and five losses during that period. Needless to say, it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict the outcome of a Macarthur game.
Matt Derbyshire has netted 11 goals in 17 games, meaning he has scored 52% of his side’s goals this season. If the English striker were to pick up an injury, Macarthur would almost certainly slide down the standings.
Can the Jets End Their Winless Run?
Following seven straight defeats, Newcastle claimed a much-needed point on Tuesday, with a Roy O’Donovan penalty handing the club a 1-1 draw against the Glory.
In fairness, the Jets came close to ending their woeful run on countless occasions. They suffered four 2-1 defeats during their seven-match losing streak and scored in all but two of the games in that sequence.
But let’s not forget that Deans’ men are still the lowest scorers in the A-League. They have only managed to net 14 goals in 17 outings this term, leaving veteran striker O’Donovan to do the bulk of the work in the attacking department.
The Jets saw 44% possession as they lost 2-1 to Macarthur back in January, with all three goals coming in the first half on that occasion. Unsurprisingly, Derbyshire scored the winning goal in the previous meeting.
Deans’ men can take confidence from the fact that they finally ended their losing streak in midweek. However, the chances of them beating Macarthur on Sunday are pretty slim.
Macarthur vs. Newcastle Prediction and Pick
Macarthur FC to Win1.90
Macarthur’s overreliance on Derbyshire is a cause for concern, but as long as he’s first, the Bulls will continue to score goals.
In my eyes, the visit of lowly Newcastle provides the Bulls with the perfect opportunity to get back on track and return to winning ways. Milicic’s men have invariably bounced back from adversity throughout their maiden A-League campaign, so I’m backing them to beat the Jets this weekend.