MELBOURNE CITY V NEWCASTLE JETS Thursday night, AAMI Park

There will be a hint of desperation for both sides when they line up to start things in Round 6.

Each side has lost two of their past three games but returning home to Melbourne could be the edge that City need to push their title credentials.

Many had Melbourne City as pre-season favourites and after their two wins over the Victory that looked spot on, however, recent losses to Perth and Brisbane have taken the gloss of them.

The same could be said for Newcastle who are still one of the surprise packets of the competition but after recent losses to Sydney and Wellington they have now come back to the pack.

ATTACKING FLAIR
Melbourne City have several attacking players capable of putting goals in the back of net including the league’s leading scorer Bruno Fornaroli along with Tim Cahill and Fernando Branden.

Their passing accuracy is an astonishing 73 percent in an opponent’s half which signals danger signs for the Jets defence.

USING YOUR HEAD
Newcastle has scored seven goals so far this season and nearly 30 percent of those have been through headers.

Being the masters of headers will be a sound warning to John Van’t Schip and his men because City have conceded 33 percent of their goals through that same avenue!

RECENT HISTORY
Melbourne has beaten Newcastle in three of their last five outings but the Jets did win their last encounter 2-1. Newcastle hasn’t recorded back-to-back wins against City in three years.

HOW IT PANS OUT
The Jets had to endure a tough trip to New Zealand last week and suffered a 2-0 loss to the Phoenix. Heading back home and then having to go to Melbourne this week will be tough on them especially since City represent danger from nearly all ends of the park.

Melbourne will be keen to get back into the winners circle after being kept scoreless in a 1-0 loss to Brisbane at Suncorp last week.

With so many attacking choices it is really difficult to see Newcastle leaving here with any sort of result.

THE TIP: Melbourne City

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go the Overs
Melbourne City - 1pt @ 1.40
Over 2.5 Goals - 1pt @ 1.48