Preview: Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
There is nothing but pride at stake for both these teams, but both will be keen to show their fans that 2009/10 can be a much brighter season for their clubs.
Date: Sunday January 18 Kick-off: 5:00pm AEDT Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium
TV and Radio: Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle and 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit www.proticket.com.au
Head-to-head 11 Hyundai A-League meetings: Newcastle Jets 2 wins, Perth Glory 5 wins, Draws - 4
Previous meeting Perth Glory 2, Newcastle Jets 2, Members Equity Stadium, Round 11, November 2008
Past Five Matches Newcastle: Round 15: Queensland Roar 2, Newcastle Jets 1, Suncorp Stadium Round 16: Newcastle Jets 4, Melbourne Victory 2, EnergyAustralia Stadium Round 17: Newcastle Jets 1, Central Coast Mariners 2, EnergyAustralia Stadium Round 18: Wellington Phoenix 3, Newcastle Jets 0, Westpac Stadium Round 19: Adelaide United 2, Newcastle Jets 0, Hindmarsh Stadium
Perth: Round 15: Wellington Phoenix 1, Perth Glory 1, Westpac Stadium Round 16: Sydney FC 1, Perth Glory 4, Sydney Football Stadium Round 17: Perth Glory 0, Adelaide United 1, Members Equity Stadium Round 18: Central Coast Mariners 1, Perth Glory 0, Bluetongue Stadium Round 19: Perth Glory 3, Melbourne Victory 2, Members Equity Stadium
Analysis There is nothing but pride at stake for both these teams, but both will be keen to show their fans that 2009/10 can be a much brighter season for their clubs.
Newcastle will officially finish last, a huge fall from grace from last year, but with the AFC Champions League starting up in March, the players will be well aware of their need to keep on the good side of Gary van Egmond. Several times this year, van Egmond has been scathing of his players and little wonder considering they have lost five of their past six and won just one in 11.
Last week, the Jets were unable to compete with ladder-leader Adelaide, going down without much of a fight 2-0. Before that it was a 3-0 defeat by Wellington and a 2-1 defeat by Central Coast. It's been 261 minutes since the Jets last scored a goal.
With so many players out through injury, van Egmond has few options but Jobe Wheelhouse and Taylor Regan come in for the suspended Adam Griffiths.
Perth showed it will not go gently, by inflicting a shock 3-2 defeat of Melbourne last week. Eugene Dadi was the star with his second brace of the season, while Scott Neville gave Glory fans a taste of the future with his assured performance at the back.
It broke a run of losses for the Glory and gave an indication of the progress David Mitchell has made with this team since the turmoil that engulfed the club earlier in the season.
Dadi has already made his exit to FC Vaduz on loan, but has signed up for another year while Nikita Rukavystya is off trying his hand in Holland with FC Twente. It means that the scorers of the three goals from last week's match won't play here. Adrian Trinidad, Hayden Doyle and David Tarka all come in.
These teams have shared plenty of goals in their contests this year as well as the points on both occasions with the scores 3-3 in Newcastle and 2-2 in Perth. History says Perth has the edge in these encounters with five wins from 11 matches.
Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 7. Kaz PATAFTA, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 26. Mark MILLIGAN, 27. Jesse PINTO, 28. Jarrad ROSS, 30. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 32. Brodie MOOY, 33. Taylor REGAN. *one to be omitted
In: 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 33. Taylor Regan (promoted)
Out: 2. Adam Griffiths (suspended)
Unavailable: 15. Jason Hoffman (knee - season), 18. Noel Spencer (ankle - indefinite), 19. Jason Naidovski (knee - season), 20. Ben Kennedy (ankle - 6 weeks), 24. Marko JESIC (knee- season).
Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 15.Hayden DOYLE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 28.Andrija JUKIC, 29.Victor SIKORA, 31.Scott NEVILLE. *one to be omitted
In. 3.David TARKA (return from suspension), Hayden DOYLE (promoted), Adrian TRINIDAD (return from injury).
Out. 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA (trial in Holland), 14.Eugene DADI (on loan to FC Vaduz)
Unavailable Josip MAGDIC (ankle - season), AMARAL (hamstring - season), James ROBINSON (abdomen - season), Frank JURIC (shoulder - test), Dino DJULBIC (trial in Germany), Hayden FOXE (leg - test), Mark LEE (foot - 1 week), Marc ANTHONY (hamstring - 2 weeks)