Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets


Saturday, 28 January 2012
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Local kick-off: 6:45pm (7:45pm AEDT)

Referees: Ben Williams / Dennis Silk / Brad Hobson / Alan Milliner

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 20): Brisbane Roar wins 7, Newcastle Jets wins 7 (6 draws)

TV broadcast: Fox Sports1


Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (GK), 2. Matt Smith (C), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Kofi Danning, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 14. Rocky Visconte, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 20. Andrew Redmayne (GK), 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 24. Nick Fitzgerald
*two to be omitted*

In: 9. Kofi Danning (promoted), 18. Luke Brattan (promoted), 24. Nick Fitzgerald (promoted)
Out: 7. Besart Berisha (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: 19. Jack Hingert (ankle injury – 1 week)


Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben Kennedy (gk), 2. Taylor Regan, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5. Tiago Calvano, 6. Ben Kantarovski, 8. Jeremy Brockie, 9. Michael Bridges, 10. Ruben Zadkovich, 11. Tarek Elrich, 12. Jobe Wheelhouse, 13. Byun, 14.

Labinot Haliti, 17. James Virgili, 18. Marko Jesic, 19. Matthew Nash (gk), 21. Francis Jeffers, 23. Ryan Griffiths, 25. Jacob Pepper
*three to be omitted*

In: 13. Byun, 25. Jacob Pepper, 17. James Virgili (all promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: 22. Ali Abbas


Startling Line-ups:



Brisbane: Redmayne, Jurman, Nakajima-Farran, Meyer

Omitted: Brattan, Visconte, Danning


Newcastle: Nash, Wheelhouse, Haliti, Bridges

Omitted: Calvano, Virgili, Jeffers



While we know that Besart Berisha will be missing this match due to suspension, there is still some conjecture about who will be the man to replace the Albanian sharpshooter. On Thursday Brisbane Times reported that Thomas Broich was going to be the man to step into the role, as some sort of a Deep lying striker/ False #10. However today Marco from the CM reported that either Nick Fitzgerald or James Meyer will be fighting for the role playing what would be a more natural strikers role.


Of the two, Meyer would seem to make the most sense as a starter due to experience ect, however for some reason I can see Fitzgerald being the man getting the starting job and imo he would do a fantastic job in the role, as shown by his strong pre-season form in the role. I also think that Meyer would be more likely to make a contribution off the bench. There’s no question in my mind also that fitness permitting Visconte, Brattan and Danning will be the trio missing out on selection for this match, with Marco also speculating that Issey will keep his spot in the 15, despite his ordinary form of late.



Newcastle, im speculating a bit myself, and the formation I posted is more about what id do if I were them than anything else, The back 4 and goalkeeper seem solid enough with Regan stepping in of late doing a good job and keeping Calvano out in the process. The midfield is one area I could be wrong on, but for mine Pepper and Kantarovski have been playing well in the role recently and deserve the opportunity, although Wheelhouse is a solid option.  Wide left is another area im guessing in more or less, Jesic is a play I like and think has potential, but im not sure if he’ll get the start out there. It could be that Ryan Griffiths plays as an attacking left winger supporting Brockie and Bridges upfront with Zadkovich playing more conservatively in almost a 4-3-3.


Season form:




Season record vs. Newcastle Jets:

Round 7: Newcastle Jets (Griffiths 44’) 1-2 Brisbane Roar (Henrique 58’, Meyer 82’)


Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (11)

Newcastle: Ryan Griffiths (7)



Brisbane: Thomas Broich (5)

Newcastle: Ryan Griffiths (3)


All-time record against Newcastle Jets:

Played 20: Won 7, Drawn 6, Lost 7.


At Suncorp Stadium:

Played 9: Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 6


Keys to the game:


Defense! Think defense lads. At the back the sloppy goals have to stop, I think someone mentioned today on twitter that Brisbane have conceded the 1st goal for the last 8 matches or something. I think there’s only been 4 clean sheets as well which isn’t good enough, so come on guys cut out the small defensive errors and keep a clean sheet.


In attack, its quite clear that there are goals in the side.  Even without Berisha missing, there’s still Fitzgerald, Issey, Nichols, Broich, Meyer and Henrique so im very confident that we’ll score some goals tomorrow night, its just keeping them out at the other end. The Jets haven’t been in the greatest form of late and with the CCM game postponed here’s a chance for the Roar to close the gap before next week’s showdown.



As I mentioned the jets haven’t played all that well of late, and imo that’s mostly due to some tinkering done by Van Egmond to formation and tactics as he tries to find the best system to suit his philosophy of play with this squad. In the 1st match against them this season Van Egmond played an attacking 3-4-3 system based on possession and pressure high up the park and it worked extremely well for them, until Kennedy went off. The net affect of their system was they had the extra man in midfield which made it tough for Brisbane too play. I suspect they’ll play in a similar way tomorrow night in regards to possession and pressure, I don’t however see them playing 3 at the back tomorrow night.


In terms of danger men Ryan Griffiths is their talisman and best player by far, contributing 7 goals and 3 assists so far this season. Bridges has also shown some glimpses of quality this season since his retirement and the defence is solid, however they aren’t the best squad and this is a game Brisbane should win, and win well.




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