Newcastle Jets vs Persija Jakarta
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 February 2019
Kick-off: 09:00 CET
Newcastle Jets are back to the AFC Champions League 10 whole years after their previous (and only one, up to now), appearance. They finished as runners-up in the A-League in the 2017-2018 season, hence earning a ticket to the second qualifying round. As for their… adventure in the competition 10 years ago, they played in the group stage, earned 10 points to qualify for the last 16, but there, Pohang Steelers… humiliated them, beating them 6-0(!). It was a single knock-out match, played in Korea, and as it turned out, the Newcastle side stood no chance. Their last game was on Thursday, a 1-1 draw at home with Wellington Phoenix. They are 7th in the A-League table, on 19 points from 18 matches, eight whole points behind 6th-placed Wellington Phoenix, the team they failed to beat last week.
Persija Jakarta’s win (1.73) was my main tip last week, when they visited Home United, explaining why I really believed in them. I also suggested Persija-Persija for “halftime/full time” (2.75), but Home United’s equalizer in the 43rd minute… spoiled it. The Indonesian side won 1-3, leaving no doubt which team deserved to be in the second qualifying round. They are considered… practically doomed by betting companies, Newcastle’s win is at 1.25, but I would think twice before betting against Persija right now.
Previous five matches:
Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix 1-1
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets 1-5
Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets 2-0
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners 1-0
Sydney vs Newcastle Jets 1-0
Home United vs Persija 1-3
757 Kepri Jaya vs Persija 1-1
Persija vs 757 Kepri Jaya 8-2
Bogor FC vs Persija 0-1
Persija vs Mitra Kukar 2-1
Jets’ next game is on Friday, again at home, versus Melbourne City (A-League). Persija are facing PS TIRA in Indonesia’s Cup.
Newcastle Jets vs Persija Jakarta: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Newcastle Jets vs Persija Jakarta: Prediction
I’m going totally against the odds, tipping Persija to produce a massive surprise, and if not qualify, then at least push the game to extra-time.
Newcastle Jets vs Persija Jakarta: Betting Tips
Persija’s double chance is at 3.75(!), with their win in “draw no bet” at 6.00.