The in-form team of the A-League get a home game to consolidate their recent run of three wins.
Adelaide United have produced great performances to get maximum results in the past three weeks, two of those being on foreign territory, and now they get to maintain their lead on the rest of the pack (bar Perth Glory) when the Newcastle Jets come to town.
The Jets have a lot of problems both on and off the pitch and will definitely have their backs to the wall heading into this encounter.
Their financial position is making life difficult for the players and the players are making things difficult for the management with a string of mediocre performances which has seen them record three draws and a loss in four outings.
Ruben Zadkovich’s presence will be sorely missed in midfield and I fear that their off-field issues may take their toll and allow the Reds to pounce and grab a win, which should have more action than the Round 1 scoreless draw between the clubs.
Verdict: Adelaide 1-0.
Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Date: Saturday, 11 September 2010
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Local kick-off: 7.00pm (7.30pm AEST)
Head-to-Head Played 17: Adelaide United 7 wins, Newcastle Jets 5 wins (5 draws)
Referee: Ben Williams
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 16. Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON, 26.Joe KEENAN *1 to be omitted*
In: 16. Inseob SHIN (promoted)
Unavailable: Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle – 8 weeks), Travis DODD (groin – 4 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee – indefinite), Fabian BARBIERO (ankle – 1 week)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI 19. Ali ABBAS, 7. Kasey WEHRMAN 8. Michael BRIDGES (c), 11. Tarek ELRICH, 16. Jeremy BROCKIE, 18. Marko JESIC, 40. Matthew NASH (gk), 13. Sasho Petrovski, 9. Zhang Shuo 14. Labinot Haliti
In: 14. Labinot HALITI
Out: 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH (suspended)
Unavailable: 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH (suspended), 21. Brodie MOOY (not selected), 22. Kaz PATAFTA (not selected), 20. Neil YOUNG (illness – indefinite), 17. Marcello FIORENTINI (not selected), 15. Sean ROONEY (not selected), 2. Taylor REGAN (not selected) 12. Jobe Wheelhouse (injured – hamstring / knee)