A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

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Friday night football throws up a clash between one side looking to build momentum ahead of the Finals Series, the other desperately trying to avoid the wooden spoon.

MATCH DETAILS

Friday, 24 April 2015

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 7.40pm (Local) 7.40pm AEDT)

SQUADS

Brisbane Roar: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 2.Jerome POLENZ, 4.Adam SAROTA, 6.George LAMBADARIDIS, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 20.Kofi DANNING, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Lachlan JACKSON, 27.Benjamin LITFIN, 29.Patrick THEODORE, 31.Matthew SCHMIDT, 34.Shannon BRADY, 36.Fraser CHALMERS (gk), 37.Abrahim YANGO, 41.Luke PAVLOU ***two to be omitted***

Ins 1.Michael THEO (gk) (return from injury), 27.Benjamin LITFIN (promoted), 31.Matthew SCHMIDT (promoted)

Outs 13.Jade NORTH (omitted)

Unavailable 3.Shane STEFANUTTO (calf – 4 weeks), 10.HENRIQUE (knee – indefinite), 33.Luke DeVERE (quad – 4 weeks)

Newcastle Jets: 3. Taylor RGEAN, 7. Enver ALIVODIC, 10. Travis COOPER, 11. Andrew HOOLE, 12. Sam GALLAGHER, 13. Edson MONTAÑO, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 18. Allan WELSH, 19. Mitch COOPER, 20. Ben KENNEDY (Gk), 21. Daniel MULLEN, 22. LEE Ki-je, 26. Nicholas COWBURN, 29. Michael KANTAROVSKI, 30. John SOLARI (Gk), 31. Max BURGESS 

Ins Nil 

Outs Nil

Unavailable 1. Jess VANSTRATTAN (Gk) (knee – indefinite), 2. Scott NEVILLE (going – 1 week), 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI (knee – 1 week), 15. Joshua BARRESSI (knee – season), 17. James VIRGILI (ankle – 1 week)

Hashtag: #BRIvNEW

TV broadcast – Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEST), SBS HD & SBS One from 7.30pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

Radio broadcast – Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app.

Referee Steve Lucas

Assistant Referee 1 Ashley Beecham

Assistant Referee 2 Anton Shchetinin

Fourth Official Alex King

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

It’s been an interesting last couple of weeks for Roar. After two big wins in the league, they’ve lost two on the bounce to Victory but had a sensational triumph in the ACL in China on Tuesday night.

It’s all a bit too inconsistent heading into the Finals Series though.

If winning sudden-death matches is all about momentum then Brisbane will need to build on their ACL win and produce another big performance here.

Perhaps the Jets are the ideal opponent for that to happen. Phil Stubbins’ side has lost both games against Roar this season, is currently last and has scored the fewest number of goals for the season.

After the long trip to China midweek, Roar boss Frans Thijssen has left veteran defender Jade North out but goalkeeper Michael Theo is back.

Youngsters Benjamin Litfin and Matthew Schmidt have been included and could get rare starts.

The Jets are unchanged from last week’s 4-3 loss to Sydney FC.

OPTA DATA STATS

-Brisbane has won both of their meetings with Newcastle Jets this Hyundai A-League season, though both games were away from home. The Jets have won both of their last two visits to Brisbane, keeping a clean sheet both times.

-In 13 previous visits to Brisbane, the Jets have never won when they’ve conceded (D2 L2), keeping a clean sheet in each of their nine victories there.

-After a run of 13 games without a win on the road, Newcastle have won their last two away games. They’ve never won three in a row in the Hyundai A-League before.

-Edson Montano has scored two and assisted one more in his last two Hyundai A-League games for Newcastle Jets.

ROUTE TO GOAL

After smashing in nine goals in two matches, Roar has managed just one in their last 180 minutes in the league.

While it will be of some concern to coach Frans Thijssen, he does at least have all his attacking talent available with the exception of Henrique.

Whether it’s the class of Broich, the speed of Borrello or the finishing of Kaluderovic, the home side will hope to get that scoring feeling back ahead of the finals.

The Jets have struggled for goals all season. Even with the three they got against Sydney FC last weekend, they have just 22 from their 26 games.

Edson Montano is their leading scorer with five. Encouragingly for Newcastle though they are starting to create much more through the likes of Mitch Cooper, Hoole and Alivodic.

WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Andrija Kaluderovic. After taking a little while to settle, the striker is finding form at the right time for Roar and scoring regularly. Could he turn out to be their new "Berisha"? 

FORM LINES (last five games)

Roar: LLWWL

Roar’s charge to the Finals Series hit a navy wall over the last week, back-to-back defeats to Melbourne Victory ending any hope they had of overhauling City into fifth spot. Thijssen will want to take winning form into next weekend’s sudden-death clash.

Jets: LWLLW

The Jets have lost three of their last four, including a heart-stopping 4-3 defeat to Sydney FC last Friday. That solitary win though was away to the league-leaders Victory.

Roar has won both previous clashes between the two sides this season, both in the Hunter.

DID YOU KNOW?

Despite having conceded the fewest fouls in the competition (299), only Sydney FC (5) has received more red cards than Brisbane this season (3).

PREDICTION

Brisbane Roar FC 1-2 Newcastle Jets

The Jets know nothing but a win will do if they want to avoid the spoon and will go all-out to get a positive result.

Newcastle has the chance to win three straight away matches for the first time in the club’s history.

Against a Roar side likely to be jaded and overhauled after a long trip back from China – with one eye on next week’s Finals Series match – the visitors won’t have a better chance to make that happen on a ground they’ve had success on in the past against Brisbane.