Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets will round out the 2020/21 A-League regular season with a Matchweek 24 clash to be played behind closed doors at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Thursday night.
Melbourne's current lockdown forced the fixture to be moved from AAMI Park on May 29 to a Thursday night clash in New South Wales.
The Jets need to take one point or more from their final game of the season to jump Melbourne Victory and avoid the wooden spoon. Craig Deans will oversee his last game as Newcastle boss before stepping down from the role of head coach with his side one point behind Victory with a far superior goal difference.
City, meanwhile, will look to build momentum heading into the Finals Series as the first-place finishers are without a win since lifting the Premiers Plate (L1, D1). Andrew Nabbout and Nathaniel Atkinson are named in Patrick Kisnorbo's extended squad, but questions remain over how many minutes - if any - City's returning stars get in their side's last game before the Semi Finals.
Both City and Newcastle have one win apiece against each other in 2020/21. The Jets dealt Kisnorbo's side a deflating 1-0 defeat in Matchweek 7 which sparked City's club-record winning streak of six games as they surged to collect the Premiers Plate.
Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets
Thursday, June 10 2021
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 5.05pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Ins and Outs
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Nuno REIS, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Aiden O’NEILL, 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 14.Naoki TSUBAKI, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Taras GOMULKA, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 23.Marco TILIO, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk) 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES, 39.Anthony LESIOTIS, 43.Alec MILLS, 49.Max CAPUTO
**2-4 to be omitted**
In: 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON (returns from injury), 15.Andrew NABBOUT (returns from injury), 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI (returns from injury)
Out: 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (end of injury replacement period)
Unavailable: 9. Jamie MACLAREN (national team duty), 11. Craig NOONE (rested - soreness), 18.Connor METCALFE (national team duty), 22.Curtis GOOD (national team duty)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 7 Jordan O'DOHERTY, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 14.Ali ABBAS, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Jack ARMSON, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 23.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 25.Jack SIMMONS, 26.Archie GOODWIN, 27.Lucas MAURAGIS, 28.Blake ARCHBOLD, 51.Jordan LENNON, 32.Angus THURGATE, 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
**0-2 to be omitted**
Ins: 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (returns from calf injury)
Outs: 17.Valentino YUEL (national duty)
Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVKSI (calf – season), 15.Tete YENGI (Foot – 1-2 weeks), 20.Syahrian ABIMANYU (National duty), 8.Liridon Krasniqi (National duty), 21.Luka PRŠO (National duty), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (National duty), 11.Ramy NAJJARINE (National duty), 2.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (ankle – 1 week)
Matchweek 24: Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets
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