Matchday Saturday preview: A-League, May 15

Central Coast Mariners travel to McDonald Jones Stadium to face Newcastle Jets in the second F3 Derby of the 2020/21 A-League campaign on Saturday, May 15.

The Jets and Mariners battle it out in the second game of Matchday Saturday, with the first taking place at MARS Stadium as Western United welcome Sydney FC to Ballarat.

The Mariners are desperate for three points after notching just one win in their last 10 games. After leading the league through the opening stages of the season Alen Stajcic's side now face the possibility of missing out on the Finals Series altogether if they fail to arrest the slump in form. 

Newcastle are on a 12-game winless streak, but will take confidence from a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Sydney FC in Matchweek 20. The Jets were on the way to victory before a Nigel Boogaard own goal conceded a share of the points to the Sky Blues late in the game.

Craig Deans welcomes Johnny Koutroumbis and Ramy Najjarine back from injury, while Marco Ureña returns from suspension for the visitors.

Sydney FC travel to face Western United in the first game of Matchday Saturday, with a pair of big names returning to the fray for the Sky Blues.

Luke Brattan is back after serving his one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards - as is Adam Le Fondre, the star striker who re-signed with the club in mid-April. 

Le Fondre has completed his two-week quarantine spell after a stint with Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC, and will look to instantly add to his 45 goals in Sky Blue to date.

Western United are hurting after suffering three successive defeats. The first came in energy-sapping fashion, when Brisbane Roar scored a last-gasp winner at a rain-soaked Moreton Daily Stadium. United went on to lose 5-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers and 3-0 to Perth Glory in Matchweek 20, putting Mark Rudan's team behind the eight ball as they plan a late push toward the Finals Series standings.

Adam Le Fondre completed his mandatory two-weeks of quarantine and is ready to feature for the Sky Blues
Adam Le Fondre completed his mandatory two-weeks of quarantine and is ready to feature for the Sky Blues

Match details 

Western United v Sydney FC
Saturday, May 15 2021
Venue: MARS Stadium
Kick-off: 2.35pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505, ABC TV
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
Match Centre

Team news

Western United FC squad: 1.Filip KURTO (gk), 2.Aaron CALVER,  3.Brendan HAMILL 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Tomoki IMAI, 7.Besart BERISHA, 8.Lachlan WALES, 9. Kaine SHEPPARD, 10.Steven LUSTICA, 11.Connor PAIN, 12. Ivan VUJICA, 17.Brad INMAN, 20.Víctor SÁNCHEZ, 21.Sebastian PASQUALI, 22.Tomislav USKOK, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), 25.Luke DUZEL, 30.Ryan SCOTT (gk), 34.Iker GUARROTXENA

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 12. Ivan VUJICA (promoted), 17. Brad INMAN (promoted), 21. Sebastian PASQUALI (promoted),

Outs: 27. Jerry SKOTADIS

Unavailable: 19. Joshua RISDON, (foot), 12. Dalibor MARKOVIC (ankle)

Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 3.Ben WARLAND, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 21.Harry VAN der SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 30.Adam PAVLESIC (gk), 32.Patrick YAZBEK, 33.Pat WOOD, 99.Adam LE FONDRE.

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 26.Luke BRATTAN (return from suspension), 99.Adam LE FONDRE (return from quarantine),

Outs: None

Unavailable: 7.Michael ZULLO (calf), 19.Chris ZUVELA (knee), 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk) (ankle), 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF (back).

LAST TIME OUT: Sydney FC 2-0 Western United

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Match details 

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners
Saturday, May 15 2021
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
Match Centre

Team news

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 2.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 7 Jordan O'DOHERTY, 8.Liridon KRASNIQI, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Ramy NAJJARINE, 14.Ali ABBAS, 16.Matt MILLAR, 17.Valentino YUEL, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 21.Luka PRŠO, 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 27.Lucas MAURAGIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c)

**2-4 to be omitted**  

Ins: 2.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (returns from back injury), 11.Ramy NAJJARINE (returns from ankle injury)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVKSI (calf – season), 15.Tete YENGI (Foot – 2-3 weeks), 20. Syahrian ABIMANYU (National duty)

Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 3.Lewis MILLER, 4.Joshua NISBET, 5.Stefan NIGRO, 6.Gianni STENSNESS, 7.Stefan JANKOVIC, 8.Oliver BOZANIC (c), 11.Jack CLISBY, 12.Marco UREÑA,14.Daniel BOUMAN, 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Adam PEARCE (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michal JANOTA, 23.Dan HALL, 25.Matthew HATCH, 26.Jaden CASELLA, 29.Alou KUOL, 30.Jordan SMYLIE

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 7.Stefan Jankovic (Promoted), 12.Marco UREÑA (Return from Suspension)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

LAST TIME OUT: Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Newcastle Jets

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Matchweek 21: Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

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