Perth find themselves only 5 points off 1st place. Can they get even closer?
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
The goal at Victory was only the Jets’ second in their last four games and a lack of goals has been the story for them throughout this season as their tally of 22 goals in 24 games is comfortably the lowest in the division. The Jets’ home record this term is W4-D3-L6 as they’ve beaten Victory, City and Phoenix twice. Seven of their 13 home games have had fewer than three goals and the first half has been goalless in eight. When hosting sides between 4th and 7th this term the Jets are W0-D1-L4 and these games have tended to be tight affairs with four seeing fewer than two goals, the exception being a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Perth themselves, one of only two home defeats by more than one goal this season.
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Perth are undoubtedly the form team in the division having won eight of their last nine games, leading at the break in each of these wins and netting 27 goals in these matches (3.4 gpg). With the win in Wellington, Glory have now won four of their last five on the road, this after losing six of seven winless away matches prior to that. Their struggles earlier in the season can in part be put down to a tough schedule as five of their opening seven away fixtures were against top-four sides but they’ve capitalised in recent weeks with their four wins coming over current bottom-four teams. Whilst they led at the break in each of these four wins, they only scored more than twice in that 6-1 win over the Jets.
The Jets were reduced to 10 men just before half-time in that game and four of Perth’s goals came in the second half. Provided Newcastle can keep all of their players on the pitch, we expect this game to be much tighter. Perth have only scored more than once in three of their last 11 road games and since the Jets are short of goals, with their last four games all having fewer than three goals, we’re backing it to be five in a row here at odds against.