Newcastle Jets v Western United FC: match preview
It’s been a tumultuous period for the Newcastle Jets but they’ll be hoping the start of a new month leads to a fresh start in Saturday’s clash with Western United FC.
It will be 62 days without a win for the Hunter club come kick-off at McDonald Jones Stadium, a run that has seen them pick up just one point from eight games.
They sit four points adrift at the foot of the ladder and if they are to make an unlikely push for a finals berth, they must start their winning run now.
Western United FC are only just hanging on to their spot in the top six after their thrilling 4-3 loss to Adelaide United on Sunday.
Mark Rudan’s men have hit a bit of slump in recent weeks, managing just one win from their previous five games.
And it was the Jets who came out on top when the club’s met back in Round 6, with Angus Thurgate’s goal the difference in a 1-0 win at GMHBA Stadium.
Saturday, 1 February 2020
Kick-off: 5pm AEDT
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView
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Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 8.Wes HOOLAHAN, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 23.Matt RIDENTON, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 29.Connor O’TOOLE, 32.Angus THURGATE, 40.Noah JAMES (gk), 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Wes HOOLAHAN (return from injury), 11.Nick FITZGERALD (promoted), 23.Matt RIDENTON (promoted), 28.Pat LANGLOIS (promoted), 29.Connor O’TOOLE (new signing)
Outs: 22.Lachlan JACKSON (knee – indefinite)
Unavailable: 1.Glen MOSS (calf – 2-4 weeks), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (knee – indefinite)
Western United FC squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 7.Valentino YUEL, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Sebastian PASQUALI, 22.Tomislav USKOK, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), 25.Luke DUZEL, 27.Jerry SKOTADIS, 28.Oskar Dillon, 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK). **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Dario JERTEC (promoted) , 21.Sebastian PASQUALI (promoted), 25.Luke DUZEL (promoted)
Outs: 24.Thiel IRADUKUNDA (not selected)
Unavailable: 2.Aaron CALVER (foot 4 weeks) 13.Ivan VUJICA (osteitis ), 20.James DELIANOV (GK) (knee, season), 3.Brendan HAMILL (knee, season)
Did you know?
- Newcastle Jets are winless in their last eight Hyundai A-League matches (D1, L7), the last time they endured a longer winless period was a 10-match span (D2, L8) in February-April 2017.
- The Jets have scored 15% of their goals via free kicks in the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League season, the equal highest such rate of any side (also Central Coast Mariners).
- Western United FC have hit the woodwork with eight shots this Hyundai A-League season – the joint-most of any team (also Central Coast Mariners), only the Brisbane Roar (2) have done so on fewer occasions than the Newcastle Jets (3).
- Jets playmaker Dimitri Petratos has created the most scoring chances from set plays (26) of any player in the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League season.