Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets

The Wanderers were held to a 2-2 draw on the weekend at Perth and indeed needed an 81st minute equaliser as Glory once again proved how hard they are to beat at home. That draw brought to an end a run of seven straight wins for the Wanderers and the fact that both Brisbane and City won at the weekend means their lead at the top of the table has been cut to just two points. The Jets, meanwhile, held on for a 0-0 home draw against Adelaide, who dominated the game but failed to break down Newcastle’s resolute defence, which is currently the fourth best in the division.

The Wanderers continued their strong scoring form against Perth, scoring at least twice for the seventh game on the bounce and these 15 goals have been scored by six different players as they’ve posed a threat from all over the pitch. The league leaders have won their last four at home but it was only the 2-0 win over Victory in their last home game that was by more than one goal. As a result of this being the early game this week, manager Popovic rested the likes of Bridge, Dimas, Castelen, and Piovaccari for the long trip to Perth, though all of those should be back in the starting line-up for this fixture.

After winning three of their first four to leave them up in the dizzying heights of third, the Jets have since failed to win any of their last seven, though they have drawn four of the last six. Five of these six games had fewer than three goals and three saw fewer than two strikes with a pair of 0-0’s. The Jets’ road record this season is an impressive W2-D1-L1 with the defeat a narrow 1-0 loss against Sydney in their last away game and wins coming over Phoenix and current third City. Last season the Jets’ record at the top four was W1-D1-L4 as they scored just two goals, although they did keep clean sheets against Victory and Sydney.

The Jets have scored once in five matches and failed to register at weaker opposition in either of their last two on the road. Since they’ve also failed to score in five of their last six away defeats, we’re backing the Wanderers to win this one without conceding, as they have done in half of their last eight matches.

Western Sydney Wanderers to Win to Nil - 1pt @ 2.38