Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory ended their losing streak last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory but have gone winless in their past five games. They are 5-2-5 (17 points), good enough to remain fifth on the ladder, and head into Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in desperate need of production. Here’s the scoreline from their past match.
Melbourne Victory: Vukovic (gk), Geria, Deng, Delpierre, Georgievski (Murnane 83’), Broxham (c), Bozanic, Barbarouses, Makarounas (Pain 81’), Ben Khalfallah (Thompson 71’), Berisha
Perth Glory: Covic (gk), Risdon, Grant, Thwaite, Warren, Ferreira (Oxborrow 39’), Sandor, Harold, Castro, Garcia (c), Reiners (Williams 82’)
Scorers: Berisha 25’, Castro 74’
Red cards: Nil
Yellow cards: Warren 18’, Covic 24’, Risdon 63’, Bozanic 68’, Georgievski 75’, Pain 90+1’
Conditions: 20C, Mostly sunny
Attendance: 22,554 @ AAMI Park
“If we wait for that one moment in a game, you run the risk of it not appearing,” Muscat told SBS. “So it starts tomorrow. We get back in and we recover and we look to get better.”
Scott Miller‘s Newcastle Jets have had the Victory’s number at home for the past several years and were fortunate to have David Carney‘s services available in their last meeting earlier in the season. Here’s the scoreline from their past match.
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Alberto 45+2, Bridge 70’))
Newcastle Jets 0
Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Newcastle Jets: 1. Mark Birighitti (Gk), 2. Daniel Mullen, 4. Nigel Boogaard (C), 5. Ben Kantarovski, 6. Cameron Watson, 7. Enver Alivodic, 8. Mateo Poljak, 9. Milos Trifunovic, 23. David Carney, 24. Nicholas Cowburn (22. Lachlan Jackson 46’), 28. Ryan Kitto (27. Braedyn Crowley 71’)
Substitutes not used: 14. Mitch Cooper, 17. Radovan Pavicevic, 20. Ben Kennedy (Gk)
Yellow cards: Cowburn, Carney, Trifunovic
Red cards: Nil
Western Sydney Wanderers: 3. Scott Jamieson, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (C), 6. Mitch Nichols (10. Dario Vidosic 64’), 7. Romeo Castelen (11. Brendon Santalab 89’), 8. Dimas Delgado, 9. Federico Piovaccari, 12. Scott Neville, 17. Alberto Aguilar, 19. Mark Bridge (14. Golgol Mebrahtu 81’), 20. Andrew Redmayne (Gk), 21. Jacob Pepper
Substitutes not used: 1. Dean Bouzanis (Gk), 15. Kearyn Baccus
Yellow cards: Topor-Stanley, Jamieson, Vidosic
Red cards: Nil
Kickoff on Monday, January 3, 2016 is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Sunday)/1 a.m. ET/5 p.m. AEDT. Here are our Bold Predictions for the match between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory.
- At least 30 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- Glen Moss will have under five saves.
- Mark Birighetti will have under four saves.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
- A penalty will be called.
- David Carney will score for Newcastle Jets.
- Besart Berisha will score for Melbourne Victory.
- Milos Trifunovic will not score.
- Kosta Barbarouses will not score.
It will be a tense defensive battle, but The Stoppage Time remains unconvinced that Melbourne Victory have cleaned up their act. This match will end in an exciting and thrilling…draw.
Newcastle Jets 1, Melbourne Victory 1