Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets Match Analysis & Prediction
04/03/2023 5:00 am
Wellington Phoenix play host to Newcastle Jets at the Sky Stadium on Saturday in a meeting between two clubs vying for qualification to the Finals series.
While the hosts are fifth with just eight matches of the regular season left, the visitors are one point behind but narrowly outside of the six playoff spots.
The Phoenix snatches a point against Central Coast Mariners last weekend in the fourth minute of stoppage time through Oskar Zawada.
Ufuk Talay’s side have endured a tough sequence of four away matches in February, picking up four points from the final two matches of this stretch before jetting back to New Zealand to prepare for Newcastle’s visit.
Wellington Phoenix have not kept a clean sheet at home all season, shipping the second-most goals in front of their own fans, although they oddly boast a league-high three shutouts on the road.
Newcastle saw their six-game unbeaten run ended by reigning A-League champions Western United last weekend, losing 3-1 at home after failing to recover from Noah Botic’s first-half brace.
Arthur Papas’ side have not lost a league game on their travels since losing 2-0 to Macarthur on the second weekend of January, but they are the division’s joint-lowest scorers away from home, scoring just seven league goals on their travels this season.
Regardless of the venue, the Jets have attempted the fewest shots in the A-League this season and are heavily reliant on the Georgian forward Beka Mikeltadze to take and score these sporadic efforts.
Wellington Phoenix vs. Newcastle Jets Head to head
In the 47 previous meetings between these two teams, Wellington Phoenix have claimed 23 victories while Newcastle Jets have won 18, and they have drawn in six. The Jets have scored 68 goals and conceded 83 in the process.
28/02/2021Newcastle Jets0Wellington Phoenix2A-League
10/12/2021Newcastle Jets4Wellington Phoenix0A-League
09/03/2022Wellington Phoenix3Newcastle Jets2A-League
18/03/2022Newcastle Jets4Wellington Phoenix0A-League
22/10/2022Newcastle Jets3Wellington Phoenix1A-League
Wellington Phoenix Team News
Talay can once again turn to Callan Elliot after the first-choice right-back served his suspension against the Mariners last weekend.
Midfielder Clayton Lewis is set for a lengthier spell on the sidelines while he recovers from a fractured kneecap which he played with for 20 minutes after suffering the injury against the Mariners.
Wellington Phoenix's Last 5 Matches
28/01/2023Wellington Phoenix2Perth Glory2A-League
03/02/2023Melbourne Victory3Wellington Phoenix1A-League
17/02/2023Western United0Wellington Phoenix3A-League
24/02/2023Central Coast Mariners1Wellington Phoenix1A-League
Newcastle Jets Team News
Reno Piscopo has not turned out for Newcastle Jets since equaising against Perth Glory at the start of February, missing the last three matches with an adductor problem he picked up during the warm-up for the home game against Melbourne Victory.
Both Beka Mikeltadze and Brandon O’Neill ate one booking away from suspension, but the pair have been on the brink of a ban for months, carefully avoiding another booking during this time.
Newcastle Jets's Last 5 Matches
27/01/2023Newcastle Jets4Brisbane Roar0A-League
04/02/2023Perth Glory2Newcastle Jets2A-League
12/02/2023Newcastle Jets2Melbourne Victory1A-League
25/02/2023Newcastle Jets1Western United3A-League
Wellington Phoenix vs. Newcastle Jets: Odds and Predictions
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