Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets – A-League, June 10, 2021
Due to interstate travel restrictions within Australia, Melbourne City and Newcastle will meet at Sydney’s Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Thursday, June 10, for their final regular-season game.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s side has already secured the Premiers’ Plate. But with the A-League Finals Series right around the corner, the league leaders will be eager to gather some momentum, having only managed to take one point from their last two matches.
At the other end of the ladder, the Jets find themselves rock bottom – 31 points behind City. To avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, they will need to pick up at least a point on Thursday.
Join me as I look at the A-League odds before sharing my prediction and betting pick for Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets.
Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets Odds
When you consider the gulf between these two sides, it is hardly surprising that 10bet views Melbourne City as the favorite to win this one. That said, I wasn’t expecting the price for the City win to be as high as it is.
Sure, City’s campaign has tailed off slightly in recent weeks, while the Jets have upped their game of late. But Kisnorbo’s men should be able to make light work of Newcastle on Thursday.
Melbourne City Analysis
For the first time since February, Melbourne City heads into a game on a two-match winless run. Of course, that is a remarkable statistic – and Kisnorbo shouldn’t be worried. But the newly-crowned premiers will be desperate to return to winning ways before the finals.
Having lost just once in 17 outings (13 wins, 3 draws), City suffered an uncharacteristic 3-0 defeat to Brisbane at the end of May. Despite enjoying 58% possession and recording 14 shots, Kisnorbo’s men failed to compete with the Roar.
The premiers appeared to be heading for a third straight Melbourne Derby win last time out. However, Victory netted a 95th-minute equalizer and prevented them from getting back on track.
Guys like Craig Noone (6 goals, 8 assists), Adrian Luna (3 goals, 3 assists), and Andrew Nabbout (2 goals, 5 assists) must step up in Maclaren’s absence.
Can the Jets Upset the Odds?
After going 14 games without a victory (3 draws, 11 losses), the Jets finally ended their mammoth winless run last week – beating Central Coast 2-0.
Although they only managed to see 42% of the ball, Craig Deans’ men remained in complete control against the Mariners, with goals from Roy O’Donovan and Lucas Mauragis ending the club’s lengthy wait for a win.
Newcastle extended their unbeaten streak to two games with a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory last weekend. Once again, the Jets struggled for possession but still managed to create the bulk of the goalscoring opportunities.
Regardless of their recent upturn, Deans’ men will almost certainly struggle on Thursday. City beat Newcastle 3-1 at the end of April – and I expect a similar scoreline this time around.
Top Bet for City vs. Newcastle
Melbourne City to Win1.90
In my eyes, the big price for the City win is definitely worth taking advantage of here. Yes, Kisnorbo’s men have registered a couple of iffy results recently. But let’s not forget that they still sit a whopping 31 points clear of Newcastle.
The Jets are trying their best to end the season on a positive note. However, I’m backing the premiers to hand the cellar dwellers the wooden spoon on Thursday.