Match Preview: Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar

 

Saturday, 17 March 2012
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
Venue:
Ausgrid Stadium
Local kick-off: 5:30pm
TV broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Referees: Jarred Gillett / Ryan Gallagher / Scott Edeling / Kurt Ams

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 21): Newcastle Jets wins 8, Brisbane Roar wins 7 (6 draws)

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. Sung-Hwan Byun, 14. Labinot Haliti, 19. Matthew Nash (gk), 22. Ali Abbas, 23. Ryan Griffiths, 24. Francis Jeffers, 25. Jacob Pepper, 26. Connor Chapman *three to be omitted*

In: Ruben Zadkovich (returns from suspension), 26. Connor Chapman
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Nil

 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, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Andrew Redmayne (gk), 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 24. Nick Fitzgerald *three to be omitted*

In: 8. Massimo Murdocca (returns from injury), 10. Henrique (returns from suspension), 17. Mitch Nichols (returns from injury), 19. Jack Hingert (promoted)
Out: Luke Brattan (knee – two weeks), Rocky Visconte (ankle – two weeks)
Unavailable: Nil

 

Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWDDWWLLLLLWDDWDLWWWWDD

Newcastle: WLWLWLLDWLLLDWLDLDWWWLWWD

 

Season record vs. Newcastle Jets:

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

Round 17: Brisbane Roar 0-1 Newcastle Jets (Kantarovski 23’)

 

Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (18)

Newcastle: Jeremy Brockie, Ryan Griffiths (9)

 

Assists:

Brisbane: Thomas Broich (5)

Newcastle: Ryan Griffiths (3)

 

All-time record against Newcastle Jets:

Played 21: Won 7, Drawn 6, Lost 8.

 

At Energy Australia Stadium:

Played 11: Won 6, Drawn 4, Lost 1

 

Potential Starting Line-ups:

 

Substitutes:

Brisbane: Redmayne, Adnan, Murdocca, Danning
Omitted: Stefanutto, Fitzgerald, Meyer

 

Newcastle: Nash, Pepper, Abbas, Bridges

Omitted: Chapman, Regan, Haliti

 

Brisbane have pretty much laid their cards on the table for this fixture with their announcements today. Firstly Postecoglou has confirmed two alternations to his backline for tomorrow night with Sayed Mohamed Adnan and Shane Stefanutto being rested in a planned move ahead of the ACL game in Beijing on Tuesday. Matthew Jurman and Jack Hingert are the obvious replacements, and have also been confirmed by Postecoglou.

 

Henrique is also available once again following his 2 match ban for slapping Jacob Burns and he will also be making his return to the starting side, most likely in the place of Nick Fitzgerald. Mitch Nichols is also expected to be fit again following his groin injury, and he will start in place of Luke Brattan. Nichols however isn’t expected to play the full 90, and with Murdocca likely to return to the squad via the bench, that appears to be a readymade change after about an hour.

 

For the Jets it’s so difficult to predict what they’re going to do because Van Egmond is certainly not afraid to shake things up. So far in the two Roar vs. Jets contests this season since they’ve played 3-4-3, 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 this season against Brisbane which makes it extremely tough to predict what they’ll do. Ryan Griffiths is supposedly carrying a knock, but with so much on the line for the Jets I think he’ll play.

 

Keys to the game:

The Jets are a side who are attempting to play football in a similar way to Brisbane and over the two previous encounters this season they’ve been more than competitive. In the 1st game in the Hunter this season Newcastle were all over Brisbane for an hour and could have been up by more than the 1 goal they scored before their keeper got injured and Brisbane overran them. When the Jets came up here a little over a month ago Brisbane were missing Berisha through suspension but the Jets came here with a game plan and were able to control the game for enough to get the score they needed.  

 

Brisbane will need to get off to a fast start in this one and get on top early in the possession stakes so they can get some more control of the fixture. The Jets also have quiet a lot of pace in the front 1/3 of the pitch with Griffiths, Brockie, Elrich and Abbas so the Brisbane defence will need to be careful not to over commit in attack.

 

In attack for Brisbane things clicked pretty well last week with multiple chances being created, it’s just a shame that Broich was unable to take one of the three golden opportunities he carved open for himself. Danning too is slightly culpable for passing when he could have shot, but his pass did at least create a chance for Broich to score. Im pretty confident that if Brisbane can create a similar amount of chances tomorrow that they’ll put some of them away. Henrique coming back in will help too, given that it will pretty much be our best attack playing tomorrow.

 

Newcastle has been a bit of a bogey side for Brisbane in the past two seasons with only one win from 5, however they do have an exceptional record of losing just once in in the Hunter since the inception of the League back in 2005. Kickoff is from 5.00pm on Fox, but if you dont have Fox or will be out we’ll be providing live updates on our Facebook page.

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