Newcastle Jets vs. Perth Glory – A-League, April 13, 2021
The Jets suffered a club-record seventh straight A-League loss on Saturday but have the chance to bounce straight back when the Glory visits Coffs International Stadium on Tuesday, April 13.
In fact, tenth-place Perth is also enduring a wretched run, although Richard Garcia’s men still find themselves six points clear of eleventh-place Newcastle – with two games in hand.
Before we get into my Newcastle Jets vs. Perth Glory prediction, let’s take a look at the odds for Tuesday’s clash.
Newcastle Jets vs. Perth Glory Odds
One glance at the Newcastle vs. Perth odds, and it’s clear that the top-rated online sports betting sites still believe in the Jets. Despite suffering seven consecutive defeats, Craig Deans’ side is the favorite to win this one.
But let’s not forget that Perth beat Newcastle 2-1 less than three weeks ago. The Glory may be struggling to hit the heights of previous seasons, yet they still stand a chance of reaching the 2020/21 Finals Series.
Can Newcastle Avoid Another Loss?
The Jets were given the perfect opportunity to end their losing streak last weekend, with last-place Melbourne Victory coming to town. The Victory had only won two of their 14 matches heading into Saturday’s clash, meaning Newcastle was the heavy favorite.
Deans’ men took the lead after just 18 minutes and dominated large spells of the game. However, two second-half goals saw the Victory come from behind and inflict a seventh successive loss on free-falling Newcastle.
Although the Jets have lost each of their last seven outings, they have continued to push teams close. Indeed, they have only conceded over 2.5 goals in one of their 16 matches this season and have scored in five of their previous six.
Deans’ men lack a cutting edge in attack, but they are also prone to defensive lapses. Following Saturday’s loss to the Victory, the Jets are now the lowest scorers in the A-League.
Analyzing Perth’s Chances
The Glory raced into a 2-0 lead inside 24 minutes against Newcastle last month, with Ciaran Bramwell and Darryl Lachman’s goals giving the Western Australians an early advantage. But when Jonathan Aspropatamitis was sent off just before half-time, the Jets were expected to mount a comeback.
Despite playing more than half the game with ten men, Garcia’s side held on a claim a 2-1 win. Roy O’Donovan scored midway through the second half, but the Jets failed to make the most of their one-man advantage.
The Glory must be given credit for holding onto their lead, although Newcastle’s response was disappointing at best.
Since then, Perth has suffered two straight losses without scoring a goal. After going down 2-0 to Macarthur, Garcia’s men were beaten 1-0 by Sydney FC last time out.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Glory have only managed to win one of their previous eight games, recording two draws and five defeats along the way. Still, let’s not forget that the one win in that sequence came against Newcastle.
My Newcastle vs. Perth Betting Pick
At the end of the day, this is a game that neither side can afford to lose. The Jets could find themselves rock bottom of the A-League ladder this week, while a defeat for the Glory would leave them miles behind the top six.
I just can’t see Deans’ team losing eight games on the bounce, so I believe the draw is the best bet for Newcastle vs. Perth. The price for the draw offers the best value here – and a tie really does feel like the most probable outcome.