Adelaide won the corresponding fixture 7-0 last season but their recent form has been dreadful.
Last season’s third place finishers Adelaide are struggling to cope with the departure of their manager Josep Gombau and new man Guillermo Amor is already under pressure as his side lie rooted to the bottom of the table having picked up just two points from their first six games. Newcastle, meanwhile, are fifth and one of four sides on 10 points, a vast improvement on their bottom place finish last season.
Adelaide have now lost their last four matches, all by at least one goal and they trailed at half-time in each of these defeats. They’ve conceded 14 goals in these four games, a far cry from last season where they had the second best defence in the division. Their home record since the start of last season remains decent and against bottom-half finishers last season their record read W5-D0-L2. Adelaide did hold last season’s champions Victory to a draw in the opening game of the season at home and picked up their other point of the season in their next home game against Western Sydney. Frist choice keeper Galekovic should return to the side for this game and Adelaide will hope he can stem the tide of goals they’ve been conceding without him.
Newcastle conceded an injury-time equaliser at home to the 10-man Mariners last week but three wins in their first four, including a shock win over the Victory means that they remain in a decent position. Indeed, they’ve now won four of their last five on the road with a win over the Victory towards the end of last season the most impressive of these, though coming back from 2-0 down to beat City 3-2 in their last road game was also a fantastic performance. Furthermore, they’ve won the second half in all three of their wins this season and that’s a massive improvement from last season where the Jets’ record in the second half of matches was W2-D9-L16, compared to W5-D15-L7 in the first half, and they also lost the second half in all five games they led at half-time, suggesting fitness and morale were issues.
Adelaide won the corresponding fixture 7-0 last season but given their terrible form at the moment it’s hard to envisage anything like a similar result. Indeed, for a side that have lost their last four, Adelaide look on the short side here at 1.8 against a Jets side that have won four of their last five away, so we’re taking the home side on.