Wed, Feb 2, 1:26pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Newcastle Jets go in to tonight’s A League clash against Melbourne Victory in a world of trouble, having lost key defender Taylor Regan though injury and losing Ryan Griffiths to a two match ban.
Griffiths copped a two game suspension after being red carded for dissent in last Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Phoenix in Wellington.
Meanwhile a win in tonight’s crucial game will secure a finals berth for the Melbourne Victory who are sitting in fifth spot on the table.
With two wins in as many games and no losses in their last four, the Victory are traveling well but need to as they have lost both Archie Thompson and Matthew Kemp from their last start 2-0 win over the Glory.
On the flipside, no team has a better record against Melbourne than the Jets, who have lost just four of their 16 games head to head.
Add to that the fact that the Jets have made AAMI Park something of a happy hunting ground, earlier this month beat Melbourne Heart 2-0 there even though they had only 10 men for more than 80 minutes.
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Betting
Sportingbet Australia have Melbourne Victory at $1.55 head to head, with the draw paying $3.85 and Newcastle an unlikely proposition at $6.00.
The handicap betting has Melbourne $1.55 at +0.5 and Newcastle at $2.40 with the 0.5 start.
In total game score betting Sportingbet have the over/under at 2.5 with the overs paying $1.80 and under quoted at $2.00.
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Pick
As much as you try to find a way to make the Jets sound a realistic conveyance tonight, it is just throwing money down the toilet. An under strength Jets team will still not be good enough for an under strength Victory.
The Tip : Melbourne Victory 2-0
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