Melbourne City head to the Hunter looking for a response from their shock home loss last weekend and get the chance against an improving Newcastle Jets.
City lost ground to league-leaders Sydney FC after their 3-0 loss to Perth Glory so will be desperate to bounce back, while the Jets’ three-game unbeaten run came to an end against Adelaide United.
The Jets have won eight of their last 12 against City at McDonald Jones Stadium but will need to keep the shackles on Jamie Maclaren to continue that run.
Maclaren (nine goals) drew a blank for the first time this season against Glory and has been overtaken in the race for the Golden Boot by Sydney FC’s Adam Le Fondre (10).
A win for the Jets will propel them into the top six, while City will risk falling eight points behind the Sky Blues unless they pick up maximum points in the final match of Round 10.
Sunday, December 15 2019
Kick-off: 6.30pm AEDT
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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TBC on Thursday
Did you know?
- Newcastle Jets have lost seven of their last nine Hyundai A-League games when they have conceded at least a goal in the first-half on the day (W1, D1). O
- Melbourne City have lost only one of their four away games in the Hyundai A-League under Eric Mombaerts (W2, D1), scoring an average of two goals per game in that span.
- The Jets have made 17 total shots (inc. blocks) per game this Hyundai A-League season, more than any other team in the competition.
- City’s Jamie Maclaren has a shooting accuracy (ex. Blocks) of 76% and a shot conversion rate (inc. blocks) of 50% this Hyundai A-League campaign, the highest of any player to have landed more than five shots on target.