Hyundai A-League stats preview: Jets v Phoenix

An in-form Newcastle Jets can set a new club record when they welcome bottom-placed Wellington Phoenix to McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night. 

The second-placed Jets have won four straight matches at home and will notch a new benchmark for consecutive home victories should they overcome the Kiwi outfit. 

Newcastle have beaten Adelaide (2-1), Wanderers (4-0), Central Coast (2-0) and Brisbane Roar (1-0) in their impressive run at home. 

Meanwhile, a rejuvenated Wellington have picked up four points in the last fortnight with a 2-1 win over Victory and a 1-1 draw with Wanderers at Westpac Stadium. 

The Phoenix will look to build on an improved run of form but will need to overcome a poor recent run in the Hunter if they are to take maximum points on Saturday night. 

Check out some of the key stats and facts ahead of the clash in Newcastle. 

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  • None of the last eight games between Newcastle and Wellington has seen the away team pick up full points.
  • Indeed, Newcastle Jets have picked up three wins and a draw in their last four games against Wellington Phoenix at McDonald Jones Stadium.
  • Wellington Phoenix haven’t won an away game in New South Wales since Ernie Merrick left the club in 2016, picking up two draws and four losses since.
  • Newcastle Jets have scored 35 goals so far this campaign, only twice before in A-League history have they scored more in a single season (38 in 2011/12, 36 in 2006/07).
  • Wellington have a save percentage of just 58% this campaign, the lowest of any team in the competition.
  • Dimitri Petratos has made 11 direct free kick shots at goal this season, the second-most of any player behind Ross McCormack (12).
  • Andrija Kaluderovic has made 21 headed shots at goal this season, nine more than any other player in the competition.
Andrija Kaluderovic
Andrija Kaluderovic