The Jets have so far failed to set the world alight with three draws and two losses, indicating that they are in vital need of a confidence-boosting win.
In the Glory camp, things are drastically better as they sit second on the table although their first loss of the season on the weekend is sure to have put a slight dampener on spirits.
Newcastle will never cop a large amount of goals as they have a sturdy defence but are struggling down the other end with just two goals in five outings which is simply not enough in modern day football – or any day for that matter.
The Glory have the class and the firepower for this one and I expect them to bounce back from their loss to Gold Coast United with a narrow win here.
Verdict: Glory 1-0
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Date: Friday, 17 September 2010
Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Local kick-off: 8pm AEST (6pm AWST)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 16): Newcastle Jets wins 3, Perth Glory wins 9 (4 draws)
Referee: Ryan Shepheard
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Adam D’APUZZO, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7.Kasey WEHRMAN, 8.Michael BRIDGES (c) 10.Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11.Tarek ELRICH, 16.Jeremy BROCKIE, 9.Zhang SHUO, 15.Sean ROONEY, 19.Ali ABBAS, 21.Brodie MOOY, 14.Labinot HALITI, 40.Matthew NASH (gk) * One to be omitted *
In: Ruben ZADKOVICH (returns from suspension), Labinot HALITI
Out: Marko JESIC (National team duty)
Unavailable: Jobe WHEELHOUSE (Hamstring / knee), Neil YOUNG (Illness), Taylor REGAN (not available), Sasho PETROVSKI (not available), Kaz PATAFTA (not available), Marcello FIORENTINI (not available)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI, 2.Josh MITCHELL, 3.Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10.Michael BAIRD, 11.Branko JELIC, 14.Steven McGARRY, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI, 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 22.Anthony SKORICH *one to be omitted*
In: Michael BAIRD (returns from suspension)
Out: Scott NEVILLE (National team duty)
Unavailable: Victor SIKORA (hip - 2 weeks), Chris COYNE (on loan - 9 weeks), Andrija JUKIC (hip - 2 weeks)