Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix: match preview
Wellington Phoenix will want to return to winning ways when they take on Newcastle Jets in their final hit-out before the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
While the Jets’ finals hopes evaporated last week, Phoenix are pushing for a top three finish and will play finals football for a second straight season.
But after failing to win any of their last three games, (2D, 1L), Ufuk Talay will hope his side can pick up three points and regain some confidence ahead of sudden-death football.
The Jets have been big improvers since Carl Robinson took the reins earlier in the year and haven’t tasted defeat in their three games since the competition’s resumption.
That’s included wins over Premiers Sydney FC and in-form Western United, indicating there could be better days ahead for the Hunter club in 2020/21.
The two clubs met just once this season, with goal to Ulises Davila 20 minutes from time handing Phoenix a 2-1 win back in January.
Thursday, August 13 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
Venue: Netstrata JubileeStadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 507
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 2.Mickey NEILL, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Roy O’DONOVAN, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Lucas MAURAGIS, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Bernie IBINI, 28.Patrick LANGLOIS, 29.Connor O’TOOLE, 31.Maki PETRATOS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 40.Noah JAMES (gk), 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Mickey NEILL (promoted), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (promoted), 28.Pat LANGLOIS (promoted)
Outs: 17.Joe LEDLEY (injured – hamstring)
Unavailable: 16.Matt MILLAR (hamstring), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (knee – indefinite)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 12.Brandon WILSON, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Callan ELLIOT, 21.Callum McCOWATT, 23.Walter SCOTT, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 30.Zac JONES (gk), 31.Ben WAINE
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Luke DEVERE (return from suspension), 16.Louis FENTON (promoted), 23.Walter SCOTT (promoted)
Outs: 88.Gary HOOPER (Injured – hamstring)
Unavailable: 6.Tim PAYNE (Injured - hamstring)
Did you know?
- Wellington have won their last two Hyundai A-League games against Newcastle Jets by a combined score of 6-2; the last time they won more in succession against the Jets was a six-game stretch from 2010-2012.
- Wellington Phoenix have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 17 Hyundai A-League games in New South Wales.
- No team has scored more second-half goals this season than Wellington Phoenix (23).
- Newcastle Jets have kept a clean sheet in their last two Hyundai A-League games; the last time they completed more games without conceding a goal was a three-game run in January, 2013.