Round 8 Match Preview- Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar

**The following is a re-post of something I posted over at Football Central- originally dated 27/11/15

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Round 8 of the A-League see’s Brisbane travel to the Hunter to take on this season’s surprise package, Newcastle Jets.

Brisbane sit top of the table right now, but they’re about to enter a testing month with four straight road trips which could go some way to defining their season.

Focusing in on this game, the big key for Brisbane will be keeping wide men David Carney and Enver Alivodic quite. The wing duo have been pivotal to Newcastle’s resurgence this season –particularly Carney- so this should prove a good test for Brisbane’s improved defensive unit.

From Brisbane’s attacking point of view, the young attacking duo of Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren been a touch quieter than their flying start to the season, with Brisbane forced to look for different sources of goals. The good thing is so far they’ve found them, with Henrique and Hervas looking dangerous, however a return to goalscoring form for either would be timely.

Brisbane go into this game after dropping their first at home for the season against Melbourne City, with the home side incapable of capitalising on the chances they created throughout the game. This game now begins a four game stretch away from home for Brisbane, with games in Gosford, Parramatta and Cairns in addition to tonight’s game.

Newcastle meanwhile return home from after a 0-0 draw away to a desperate Adelaide side chasing the three points. The Jets had to hang on a bit with some good saves from Mark Birighitti, however they also had their chances within the game and could of taken the points late on.

These two sides have already met this season, with Brisbane and Newcastle playing out a rather dull 0-0 stalemate at the Cleveland Showgrounds in Redlands.

Squads

Brisbane Roar: 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 7) Corona, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10) Henrique, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Javier Hervas, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 28) Brandon Borrello, 36) Andre Jannese.
*Two to be omitted.

Newcastle Jets: 1) Mark Birighitti, 3) Jason Hoffman, 4) Nigel Boogaard, 5) Ben Kantarovski, 6) Cameron Watson, 7) Enver Alivodic, 8) Mateo Poljak, 9) Milos Trifunovic, 10) Leonardo, 13) Lee Ki-Je, 14) Mitch Cooper, 17) Radovan Pavicevic, 20), Ben Kennedy, 22) Lachlan Jackson, 23) David Carney, 24) Nicholas Cowburn, 27) Braedyn Crowley, 28) Ryan Kitto.
*Two to be omitted.

Despite dropping points at home for the first time this season last Friday against Melbourne City, it’s likely that John Aloisi will name an unchanged matchday squad the first time as Brisbane boss against the Jets.

Supersub Henrique and Javier Hervas are still not fit enough to play from the start ensuring that the likes of Borrello and Petratos will continue in their starting roles. Clut and Brown will likely have to continue to wait for an opportunity, while possibly keeping match sharp in the Youth League on Sunday.

Expected Brisbane XI
Young, Hingert, North, Bowles, Stefanutto, Corona, McKay, Petratos, Broich, Borrello, Maclaren.
Subs: Jannese, Donachie, Lustica, Hervas, Henrique.
Omitted: Brown, Clut.

Newcastle welcome back Brazilian playmaker Leonardo from an ankle injury and he’s likely to replace Cameron Watson in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s clash. Outside of that the Newcastle side is likely to be largely the same which came away from Adelaide with a point last Sunday.

Expected Newcastle XI
Birighitti, Hoffman, Boogaard, Jackson, Lee, Kantarovski, Poljak, Leonardo, Alivodic, Carney, Trifunovic.
Subs: Kennedy, Cowburn, Watson, Cooper, Crowley.
Omitted: Kitto, Pavicevic.

Recent form:
Brisbane: DWDWL
Newcastle: DDLWW

Top Scorer:
Brisbane: Brandon Borrello (4)
Newcastle: Milos Trifunovic (4)

All-Time Record against Newcastle Jets

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