Western United vs. Newcastle Jets – A-League, April 26, 2021
The Jets will be hoping to snap a sorry nine-match winless streak when they face Western United at AAMI Park on Monday, April 26.
Newcastle’s last victory came all the way back in February, with a loss to Western United coming earlier this month. By contrast, Mark Rudan’s men have only lost one of their last five games.
If you’re betting on Monday’s A-League clash – keep reading. After looking at the odds, I will provide my Western United vs. Newcastle Jets prediction and betting pick.
Western United vs. Newcastle Jets Odds
Given that Newcastle currently trails Western United by 11 points, the tasty price for the home win stands out here.
The top-rated online sportsbooks believe the Jets are better than their ladder position suggests. While I agree with that viewpoint, it isn’t easy to imagine Craig Deans’ men ending their winless run on Monday.
Western United Team Analysis
When Brendan Hamill was sent off just before half-time on Thursday, it looked like a long 45 minutes for Western United.
With the game poised at 1-1, the Green & Black faced a barrage of attacks from Wellington in the second half. Still, they managed to fend off the Nix and hold on to claim a precious point.
Earlier in the season, Rudan’s men probably would have crumbled after going down to ten men. But they seem to have developed a newfound resilience of late.
The visit of struggling Newcastle provides United with the ideal opportunity to seal a fifth win in eight outings.
If veteran striker Besart Berisha continues to add to his impressive tally of eight goals and three assists this season, Western should be able to sneak into the top six and cement a Finals Series berth.
Assessing Newcastle’s Form
I guess the Jets can take confidence that they have drawn their previous two matches, especially when you consider that they suffered seven straight defeats before that.
However, there is no hiding from the fact that Newcastle is enduring a season to forget.
Looking at the bigger picture, Deans’ men have only managed to win three of their 18 A-League games this term. Worse still, they have scored just 16 goals along the way.
The Jets finally ended their club-record losing streak against Perth last week – holding the Glory to a 1-1 draw. Last weekend, they managed to hold Macarthur to a 2-2 draw – despite seeing 34% possession and facing 17 shots.
Having gone nine matches without a victory, Newcastle will be desperate to return to winning ways. But that will likely be easier said than done against in-form Western United.
My Western United vs. Newcastle Betting Pick
Western United to Win2.25
Given that you can more than double your money by backing the Green & Black, the home win has to be my Western United vs. Newcastle Jets pick.
Following a couple of games in Tasmania, United will be happy to return home this week. Rudan’s men have enjoyed playing at AAMI Park this season, so I’m confident they will overcome off-form Newcastle without any real problems on Monday.