Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar – A-League Betting Preview and Prediction
In this betting preview, we will turn our attention to a clash between Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar, who will meet at McDonald Jones Stadium this Saturday, December 28. Both teams will be hoping they can break their losing streaks, which will make for an exciting bout as a defeat won’t be an option for either of them.
Weather: Sunny, 28C
This will mark Alireza Faghani’s 11th match of the season as the main referee, having previously officiated Western Sydney versus Western United bout last week. In total, Alireza Faghani has shown 37 yellow cards and no reds, with his last three fixtures resulting in at least four yellow cards shown.
Newcastle Jets’ defense nearly non-existent
Newcastle Jets are entering their 10th fixture of the season after suffering three consecutive defeats in a row against Adelaide United (1:2), Melbourne City (0:4) and last week Perth Glory (6:2). Prior to that, Jets bested both Western United (0:1) and WS Wanderers (2:0), which are also the only two wins Jets accumulated throughout the 2019/20 season.
There is no going around the fact Jets are in a very poor form and it culminated in their clash with Perth Glory, where Jets seemed like they forgot how to play football.
Jets conceded goals in 15th, 33rd, 46th, 58th, 70th and 83rd minute, meaning they more or less saw at least one goal every 15 minutes, clearly indicating they have some serious issues in their backline. Those concerns were visible even before, seeing how they conceded four times against Victory who were allowed to shoot the ball 8/21 two weekends ago. In their bout with Perth, Jets put up 12 goal attempts and five shots on goal, which, all things considered, are solid numbers, but seeing how they conceded six from eight shots is far more worrying.
In their last three alone, Jets conceded 12 goals and scored three with 56 goal attempts and 17 shots on goal, which suggests their attacking quality does not deserve any praise either. Goal scoring efficiency simply is not there and even less so their defensive effectiveness.
Missing players: Abdiel Arroyo, Wes Hoolahan
Brisbane Roar filled with energy after a bye week
While we talked about the disastrous performance of Jets, Brisbane Roar are more or less in the same position, considering they are holding onto the exact same 2-2-5 record and have two consecutive losses to their name.
In their last five, Roar bested Melbourne City (4:3), lost to surging Wellington Phoenix (1:2), defeated Central Coast Mariners (2:0) and lost the most recent two against Sydney FC (1:5) and Western United (0:2).
In regards to their clash with Western United, Brisbane Roar did not play all too bad, considering they ended the match with 72% ball possession and 20 goal attempts. That being said, they produced only one shot on goal, which surely heated up Fowler’s seat as he is desperate to show something before he gets the boot.
In their clash with Sydney, however, Brisbane Roar produced 15 goal attempts and six shots on goal, which kept them fairly competitive with the league leaders, yet it was the hosts who used their chances better.
Much like Newcastle Jets, Brisbane have been struggling with their scoring, yet they have scored eight in their last five while conceding 12, five of which against Sydney alone.
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Verdict & Prediction
The last league meeting between Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets took place in April 2019, where Jets roared to 6:1 win on Brisbane’s soil, while Roar returned the favor in September when they bested Newcastle (3:1) in a friendly match.
This will be a clash between one team which tends to concede way too many goals on a regular basis and the other team which boasts with one of the best goalscorers in the league Roy O’Donovan, yet are still playing extremely poorly.
From the looks of it, this one can really go either way, simply because both teams failed to impress with their shooting. At the end of the day it will come down to which of the two will convert their shots better and based on the recent performances, the players and playstyle, we like Brisbane more. That being said, we don’t expect to see more than two goals. Two betting predictions for this one.
Prediction: Brisbane Roar +0.50 Asian Handicap
Prediction: Under 3.00 Goals
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