Preview: Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory host Newcastle Jets in Round 25 of the 2013-14 A-League season at nib Stadium on Sunday March 30 at 4pm AWST.

Perth Glory host Newcastle Jets in Round 25 of the 2013-14 A-League season at nib Stadium on Sunday March 30 at 4pm AWST.

Head-to-head:

Played: 26, Wins: Perth Glory 14, Newcastle Jets 6, Draws 5

Previous encounter:

Perth Glory 1-0 Newcastle Jets, nib Stadium, January 2014

Form:

Past five matches: Glory: LLDLL Jets: WLWWL

The Game:

The Newcastle Jets are looking to consolidate their position in the top six over the season's last three games but to do so have to achieve what's effectively become mission impossible for the Jets; winning in Perth. Newcastle haven't won in the west since the A-League's first season and in fact haven't beaten the Glory full stop since November 5 2011. The Jets won't get a better chance to do it though, than against a struggling Perth outfit on Sunday night. Glory haven't won since January and are almost certain to take home the club's first wooden spoon. Interim coach Kenny Lowe looks increasingly likely to depart at the end of the season while Perth are fielding a young side that doesn't seem to have the experience to get the job done at this level. The Jets on the other hand are coming off a fantastic 5-0 win over Wellington as they bounced back from a disappointing derby loss to the Mariners in style.

Newcastle, though, can't drop their game. They are still level on 32 points with seventh-placed Sydney FC and need to keep winning to maintain their position in the top six, especially as they face difficult clashes with Melbourne Victory and Adelaide FC in the final two games.

The big issue:

Perth Glory – Coaching. Apparently the club will have a list of potential coaches narrowed down to two by the end of the week. Already there have been murmurings of discontent in the playing group as Michael Thwaite and Rostyn Griffiths voiced their displeasure over the uncertainty surrounding the top job and the fact the club cannot start rebuilding as yet.

Newcastle Jets – On top of the usual distractions at the end of the season around contracts etc, the Jets have further worries on their plates as questions linger around Nathan Tinkler's finances. Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group owns both the Knights and Jets but reportedly only has until Monday to secure a $10.52 million dollar bank guarantee, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Coach Clayton Zane, however, is determined to keep minds on the job however, by reminding his side a spot in the finals is still up for grabs.

The game breaker:

Adam Taggart – He was hardly given a chance at Perth when he was there but now Adam Taggart returns two clear in the race for the Golden Boot award and one imagines hell-bent on making a meal of his former club.

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