Round 6 Match Preview: Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane are away from home once again this weekend heading south to Newcastle to take on a young but in form Newcastle side. The league leaders should be heading to Newcastle with confidence given their stellar record at Hunter Stadium having lost just twice at the venue in the A-League, and one of those was after extra time in the Preliminary Final loss of 2007. This could also be the week that we see the 100th player to play for Brisbane Roar, with 98 currently having played for the club and 5 debutants in this week’s squad.

Form:
Brisbane: WWLWW
Newcastle: LDDDW

Brisbane:
Brisbane were impressive last week and showed their composure to break down a tough Mariners side who sat deeper and deeper as the game went on. They had a stack of possession last week, however I can’t see Newcastle being so accommodating in the amount of space and possession they concede. Brisbane created a bunch of good chances however and if they do the same this week against a weaker defence in Newcastle, they should score goals.

Brisbane’s injury crisis has taken a new turn this week with international call-ups adding to their issues with Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic away with the National side, while Miller, Stefanutto and Berisha are all out injured still. There is some good news however with Jade North available for selection this week after shrugging off a groin strain. The injured trio above along with the duo on national team duty are all expected to be back for next weeks showdown with the Wanderers.

That is next week however, and before that there’s this weekends game against the Jets to play, and there is once again an opportunity for some of the younger brigade to make a name for themselves. In addition to Brown, Donachie, Yeboah and Borrello, added to the youthful look this week are NYL youngsters Devante Clut, Patrick Theodore, Lachlan Jackson and Ben Litfin. Rumours have swirled this week that Jade North may play in the midfield this week with the absence of McKay and Franjic, and it does have the added benefit of keeping Donachie in the side who was excellent last week. It would also provide a bit of experience in the side with one of the younger guys coming on off the bench later on if necessary.

Who plays in midfield is something of a mystery- with the only certainty being Luke Brattan. North and Ferreira would provide the more experienced and more defensive options, while Clut, Theodore and Litfin are more creative however none of them have any experience. A good balance would be one of North/Ferreira and then one of Litfin/Clut given that having a midfield trio of North, Brattan and Ferreira is a bit negative.

Expected Brisbane XI:
Theo, Hingert, Donachie, Smith, Brown, North, Brattan, Clut, Yeboah, Henrique, Broich.
Substitutes: Acton, Ferreira, Litfin, Petratos, Borrello.
Omitted: Jackson, Theodore.

Newcastle:
The Jets have had a slow start to the season with just one win in five and have only scored in two of those games, but they seem to have turned a corner in the F3 derby a couple of weeks back, and only conceded the win after some impressive tactical changes from the Mariners. They played pretty well against Adelaide last week and created some good goal scoring opportunities that went begging before Jaliens and Taggart gave them the win.

Selection wise Van Egmond is capable of anything and despite winning last week changes cant be ruled out. If he does decide to change something last weeks goal scorer Adam Taggart could be the man to make way, with fit again marquee man Emilie Heskey a chance for his first start of the campaign. Other than that im not sure there will be too many changes and it could be two youthful sides that take to the park on Sunday. The big key for the Jets will be to exploit the Brisbane weakness in the middle of midfield, meaning that Zadkovich, Caravella, Brillante or whoever else is in there will need to win that battle.

Expected Newcastle XI:Birighitti, Neville, Jaliens, Chapman, Gallaway, Zadkovich, Kantarovski, Brillante, Burns, Hoole, Taggart.
Substitutes: Kennedy, Goodwin, Brown, Bridges, Heskey.
Omitted: Regan, Pepper.

Last season against Newcastle:
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It was an eventful season last year against the Jets, with both sides picking up four points out of 9. Starting in Brisbane the game was thrown into disarray when Broich was comically sent off for being pushed into a Newcastle defender –who was also sent off-, however Brisbane got the points at the end of the day via a Berisha penalty. After Newcastle exacted some revenge by beating Brisbane at home, the two sides met at the end of the season with a finals spot on the line. On a wet and windy Friday night in Newcastle neither side could find the net, despite Brisbane actually scoring via Jade North only to have it ruled out for offside.

Stats:
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It’s looking like an overcast weekend down in the Hunter for those planning on a weekend road trip down the highway, hopefully the weather holds off and the team produce a good display. For those back in Brisbane, kick-off is set down for 4.00pm Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

Youth:
Trying something different this week by having a brief preview of the youth and women’s games. Starting with the youth, they’re away to Central Coast this weekend and it will be a tough ask with roughly 1/3 of the squad with the first team in Newcastle. They will be confident however of a good result after a win over the Wanderers last week, while the Mariners lost at home to Sydney who lead the youth league.

Central Coast NYL vs. Brisbane Roar NYL
Saturday November 16
Kick-off: 3.00pm (2.00pm Qld time)

Women’s:
After last weeks disappointing start at home to Canberra the Roar women will be looking to kick-start their campaign on the road in the west on Saturday night. Perth meanwhile had an impressive 5-2 win on the road in Newcastle and will be looking to maintain their fast start to the new season.

Perth Glory women vs. Brisbane Roar women.
Saturday November 16
Kick-off: 6.00pm (9.00pm Qld time)

We’ll endeavour to bring live updates on both games, which can be found over on our Facebook and twitter accounts.

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