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A-League: Stamatelopoulos on fire for Jets

Western United will be looking to pick up just their third win of the A-League season when they take on Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

It has been a season to forget for Western, who sit bottom of the ladder with just eight points.

They are eight points behind Perth Glory and are priced at 1.28 to finish bottom of the ladder.

The Jets are 10 points better off, but have played two games more, so Western should sense a good opportunity to pick up three points and close the gap.

Newcastle are 2.87 to finish bottom of the pile, so are not out of the woods yet and it means there is a lot at stake at AAMI Park on Friday night.

WhatWestern United FC v Newcastle Jets
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When19:45 (AEDT) Friday 16th February 2024
How to watchParamount+
OddsWestern United FC 2.15, Draw 3.80, Newcastle Jets 2.90

Western battle on

Western have not won in their last seven games, but will take heart from a couple draws against Macarthur FC and Sydney FC.

During that run of games they have also run Melbourne City, Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix close, so they are not getting smashed every week.

However, scoring goals continues to be an issue and they have managed to bag just 13 so far this season.

In their last home game against Sydney, they did manage to score a couple in a 2-2 draw, with Noah Botic on the scoresheet.

Botic is one of Western’s main dangers when they are on the attack, and he can be backed at 2.75 to score at anytime.

Four of the last six meetings between these two sides have been low-scoring and we could be in for another tight affair on Friday night - under 2.5 goals in the game can be backed at 2.40.

If Western fail to hit the back of the net again, both teams not to score is also available at 2.50.

Jets in need of three points

The Jets have drawn the last two games against Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers, who are challenging near the top of the ladder.

However, they will be kicking themselves for conceding deep in stoppage time as Wanderers fought back to earn a 3-3 draw on Sunday.

One plus point continues to be the form of Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, who has scored three goals in his last two games.

The strike ace was also on the scoresheet when the Jets beat Western 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium back in December and will be a huge threat once again.

He is now joint-leading goalscorer in the A-League, along with Bruno Fornaroli, on 13 goals for the campaign and is priced at 5.50 to score the first goal.

The Jets have done well on their last two trips to take on Western, winning 1-0 with Stamatelopoulos the man of the moment once again and then fighting out a 1-1 draw.

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