The in-form Roar meet the freshened up Jets in an intriguing battle at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
Ange Postecoglou has Brisbane playing a very positive brand of football and even though they have only scored two goals in three matches, pose a very dangerous threat to whoever they come up against.
Three clean sheets has seen them grab third place with a game in hand and have everything going for them ahead of this round 5 fixture.
However, the Jets have their backs to wall with this week’s news that the club is struggling to play payers their wages and when a group is knocked down, it is not unusual to bounce back in the most dramatic fashion.
Newcastle players will be determined to put their financial woes behind them and grab a positive result here and if that means a draw against the competition’s most in-form team, then so be it.
Verdict: 1-1 draw.
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
Date: Sunday, 5 September 2010
Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Local kick-off: 3.00pm
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 16): Newcastle Jets wins 7, Brisbane Roar wins 6 (3 draws)
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Newcastle Jest squad 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Taylor REGAN, 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI 7. Kasey WEHRMAN 8. Michael BRIDGES (c), 9. Zhang SHOU, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 14. Labinot HALITI, 15. Sean ROONEY 16. Jeremy BROCKIE, 17. Marcello FIORENTINI, 18. Marko JESIC, 19. Ali ABASS, 40. Matthew NASH *one to be omitted*
In: Matthew NASH (new signing), Zhang SHOU (returns from injury), Marcello FIORENTINI (promoted)
Unavailable: Brodie MOOY (not selected), Kaz PATAFTA (hamstring – 1 week), Neil YOUNG (illness – indefinite), Nikolai TOPOR STANLEY (hamstring – 1 week), Ruben ZADKOVICH (hamstring – 1 week), Sash PETROVSKI (not selected), Jobe WHEELHOUSE (hamstring – 1 week)
Brisbane Roar squad 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 10. HENRIQUE, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 14. Rocky VICSCONTE, 15. Matt McKAY (c), 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 20. Andrew REDMAYNE, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK *three to be omitted*
In: 9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (promoted), 12. Matt MUNDY (promoted), 14. Rocky VISCONTE (promoted), 18. Luke BRATTAN (returns from illness).
Unavailable: 5. Ivan FRANJIC (quad strain – 1-2 weeks)