Fixture Facts: Wandering West

A trip to Spotless Stadium is on the cards for Ernie Merrick and his squad this Friday night, as they take on the Wanderers in Round 5.

It will be a battle of two of the league’s most attacking teams, with the Wanderers and the Jets leading the league for overall shots on goal.

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With an entertaining game on the horizon, we’ve crunched the numbers courtesy of resident stat-man, David Keating.

Matches

There have been a total of 18 encounters between the two teams since Western Sydney’s entry into the competition in 2012/13.

Over the course of these encounters, the Jets have performed well when taking on the Wanderers away from home, with an even share of 3 wins, draws and losses across the 9 matches.

Our biggest victory came only last season, a 4-0 win at home in Round 12 when Koutroumbis, Hoffman, Ugarkovic and Kantarovski all got on the scoresheet.

Steven Ugarkovic
Steven Ugarkovic got on the scoresheet in Round 12, 2017/18

Goals

The Wanderers take a slight edge when it comes to finding the back of the net – with hosts scoring 27 to the Jets 21.

The Jets solid away record again comes into play with a fairly even share of goals in Sydney, with the visitors scoring 12 to the Wanderers 13 in this fixture.

Talking points

Of the two matches played between these sides at Spotless Stadium, both have ended in 2-2 draws – with last year’s fixture featuring spectacular goals from Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos.

Andrew Nabbout
Andrew Nabbout celebrates what would eventually be named the Goal of the Season against Western Sydney

The Jets will look to continue their goal-scoring streak away from home, having found the back of the net in their last 15 matches on the road. They also enjoy playing away in their home state, having scored 18 goals in their last 5 matches in New South Wales.

As for goal-scorers, Nick Cowburn’s Round 4 equaliser saw him become the 81st player to score for the Club in the Hyundai A-League.

Newcastle are also the only club with three players to each have won 30+ duels this season, with Jason Hoffman (35), Daniel Georgievski (34) and Ronald Vargas (31) leading the way.

The Jets get Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season started on Friday, 23 November at Spotless Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:50pm (ADST), with the match broadcast live on Fox Sports and the MyFootball App.