Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets: match preview
Back-to-back wins has Perth Glory’s Premiership defence back on track and they host a Newcastle Jets side that was left embarrassed last weekend.
After going three games without a loss, the Jets have fallen back to earth with a thud over the last fortnight, especially the 4-0 drubbing against Melbourne City on Sunday.
The good news for the second-from-bottom Jets is they have time to turn things around and should get playmaker Wes Hoolahan back in the New Year.
Glory appear to be hitting form having won their last two matches without conceding a goal.
And the boys from the west have a phenomenal record against Newcastle. Glory have lost only two of their last 24 Hyundai A-League games against the Jets (W17, D5).
Will that run continue at HBF Park on Saturday?
Saturday, December 21 2019
Kick-off: 4.30pm local, 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: HBF Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 14.Chris HAROLD, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 18.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY **2-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 14.Chris HAROLD (promoted)
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle – indefinite), 13.Osama MALIK (hamstring – 1 week), 29.Kristian POPOVIC (thigh – 1-2 weeks)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matt RIDENTON, 25.Jack SIMMONS, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY **1-2 to be omitted**
Ins: 25.Jack SIMMONS (promoted)
Outs: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (groin – 2-4 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (groin – 2-4 weeks), 8.Wes HOOLAHAN (ankle – indefinite), 9.Abdiel ARROYO (hamstring)
Did you know?
- Perth Glory have won 13 of their last 15 Hyundai A-League games against the Newcastle Jets at HBF Park (L2); in fact, the last time these teams played out a draw in such a fixture was in November 2008.
- Newcastle Jets have won two of their last three Hyundai A-League games played outside NSW (L1); though, they had won only one of their 10 such fixtures prior (D1, L8).
- Glory have won their last two Hyundai A-League game, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion – they have never previously won more consecutive games in which they have also kept a clean sheet.
- The Jets (9.8) are the only team to have conceded fewer than 10 fouls per game so far this Hyundai A-League campaign.