Hyundai A-League preview: Sydney FC v Newcastle

It’s a NSW derby as Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets search for three priceless points at Allianz with both sides winless in their last four outings.


Friday, 4 December 2015

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 7:40 PM (Local) (7:40 PM (AEDT))

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2: Scott Edeling

Fourth Official: Kris Griffiths-Jones

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT), SBS TWO from 7:30pm AEDT and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)


Radio Broadcast: 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle, ABC Local Radio NSW, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live

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Sydney FC squad: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 3.Alex GERSBACH, 5.Matt JURMAN, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Christopher NAUMOFF, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 18.Matt SIMON, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.George BLACKWOOD, 27.Mickael TAVARES

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 11.Christopher NAUMOFF (promoted), 19.Jacques FATY (promoted), 24.George BLACKWOOD (promoted)

Outs: 4.Zac ANDERSON (not selected)

Unavailable: 22.Ali ABBAS (knee – indefinite)

Sydney FC players celebrate their goal against the Jets.

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (Gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 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 (Gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.David CARNEY, 24.Nicholas COWBURN, 25.Brandon LUNDY, 27.Braedyn CROWLEY, 28.Ryan KITTO

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 9.Milos TRIFUNOVIC (returns from injury), 25.Brandon LUNDY  (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 2.Daniel MULLEN (knee – indefinite), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle – 1 week), 11.Labinot HALITI (knee – season) 

Milos Trifunovic and Eugene Galekovic descend on the ball at Coopers Stadium.


The Sky Blues have played out back-to-back stalemates, while the Jets have registered three draws on the trot, having fought back bravely against Brisbane last weekend.

Few would’ve predicted the Jets to be pushing for a finals spot eight rounds into the season, but they currently occupy fifth spot – just a point behind the Sky Blues.

No doubt Scott Miller will be eager to get one back at Allianz after a late Alex Brosque goal saw the Sky Blues nick all three points back in Round 2.


·Sydney FC are undefeated in their last eight matches against Newcastle Jets in the A-League (W6 D2).

·Newcastle have scored 10 goals in their last six away matches against Sydney FC, though  none of those goals have come in the last three of those matches.

·Sydney FC have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven A-League clashes against Newcastle

·Sydney FC have kept more clean sheets in the league this season than any other team (5)

·The Jets have had fewer shots on target than any other team this season (16)

·Mark Birighitti has made more saves than any other keeper this season (31)


Both sides have lacked a cutting edge recently, with Ben Kantarovski’s late equaliser at Hunter Stadium last Saturday the only goal either side has scored in the past two rounds.

Graham Arnold promised to build from the back this season and he’s done that with Sydney FC boasting the league’s best defensive record, conceding a miserly six goals.

However with the season now nearly a third of the way through they need to start firing at the other end. Look for skipper Alex Brosque to shoulder the responsibility after his near miss against the ‘Nix.

For the Jets, Milos Trifunovic has bagged four goals in seven matches and will be their primary outlet as the visitors look to hit Sydney on the break and from set-pieces.

Winger David Carney will also play an influential role with his delivery and would no doubt relish starring against the club where he made his name in this league.


Sydney FC’s Alex Gersbach. He won the NAB Young Footballer of the Year nomination for November.

FORM LINES (previous five games)

Sydney FC:  WDLDD

Newcastle Jets:  WLDDD


Sydney FC 1 – Newcastle Jets 0