The 4-1 victory for the Melbourne City women in the W-League Grand Final may be the boost that John van’t Schip’s Melbourne City men need to bounce right back. They hit the road this week to the Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on Sunday, Feb. 7 to face Scott Miller’s Newcastle Jets, who were grounded by Adelaide United 1-0 away last weekend. The loss of Patrick Kisnorbo to injury and Anthony Caceres to red card suspension may make the task against the Jets a little bit more difficult than they think but it still will be straightforward.
“In the end we had to dig a bit too deep, coming back from 1-0 behind, then 2-0 and 3-0,” said van’t Schip. “It was going to be hard anyway, the boys put in a great effort to close the gap. We just came short and playing with 10 in the end didn’t help. We have to move on, it was another exciting game.
“I think the first 20 minutes were even, they had chances and we had chances. We looked dangerous going forward but we were also struggling in closing down their play, we were too far away. I think the second half was better – even though they punished us when we lost the ball twice in midfield and on the break.
“The second part of the second half we got new energy with Benny and Pauly. They had a good impact coming on. I think the only negative is the result and that Anthony Caceres got sent off. In my opinion it was for nothing, but we have to take it. He was devastated after the game that he got a red card.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Saturday)/1 a.m. ET/5 p.m. AEDT. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne City.
- A red card will be shown.
- At least 35 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- Mark Birighetti will make at least five saves.
- Thomas Sorensen will make under four saves.
- Bruno Fornaroli will score for Melbourne City.
- Harry Novillo will score for Melbourne City.
- Aaron Mooy will score for Melbourne City.
- Erik Paartalu will score for Melbourne City.
- Newcastle Jets will not score in this game.
Even with two of its top players lost, and a couple of key additions for the home side, this still won’t be close. Newcastle’s production has been stagnant and it will continue against a very angry Melbourne City side. All the City ladies, all the City ladies, put a ring on it. Melbourne City’s men to win. Hit it, Beyonce!
Melbourne City 4, Newcastle Jets 0