The Jets have drawn all four encounters with bottom-three sides since the start of last season.
The Jets had failed to score in six games going into the Wellington match but managed to put three past them and record their first win in 11 to move up to eighth. They’re now three points clear of Perth in nine thanks to that win, but Kenny Lowe’s side come into this fixture in decent form having picked up a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Sydney and have now lost only two of their last six.
The win against the Phoenix improves Newcastle’s home record this season to W2-D3-L4, with only one defeat by more than one goal despite the fact that six of these nine games were against current top-half sides. The Jets’ games have seen fewer goals than anyone else in the division this season and so it comes as little surprise that six of nine have had Under 2.5 goals, with four seeing Under 1.5 as well as the first half being goalless in seven. They’ve drawn all four of their encounters with fellow bottom-three sides since the start of last season with all these games also being level at half-time and each having Under 2.5 goals.
While Perth have proven hard to beat at home this season as City, Victory, Wanderers and Sydney all failed to win at the nib Stadium, it’s been a very different story on the road. Perth’s away record reads W0-D1-L6 and they trailed at half-time in four of these games, failed to score in three, but only lost one by more than one goal, a 5-1 hammering at City. However, it’s important to note that Perth have had a tough run of fixtures on the road as they’ve only travelled to one of the current bottom-four and that was against the Mariners in the opening game of the season in a game they lost 3-2.
Perth won all three encounters with the Jets last season but they’re a very different side this term, whilst the Jets look a better team than the one that propped up the table last season. Since 2011/12 when the A-League became a 10 team division, bottom-three sides have a W14-D16-L7 record at home to fellow bottom-three teams and since the Jets have drawn all four encounters with bottom-three sides since the start of last season, we’re backing another stalemate here.