Second placed Brisbane Roar are looking to equal their undefeated record at home by notching up six games on the trot without a loss at Suncorp Stadium.
They take on the Newcastle Jets whose last match was on September 25 and will either be rusty or fresh.
The Jets have scored just four goals in eight games so don’t expect them to kick a winning score against a Roar outfit who have made a habit of closing down opposing forwards and keeping possession in midfield.
Ange Postecoglou has his side playing with plenty of self-assurance and their last-gasp win over Perth Glory away last start will have them brimming with confidence.
Newcastle will retain the services of striker Jeremy Brockie who returns from injury and international duty but lose key defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley who will leave a gaping hole in the back half.
Brisbane should be too good to take this one out and continue their solid form which has yielded two wins from their past two.
Verdict: 2-0 Roar
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
Date: Saturday, 16 October 2010
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Local kick-off: 7.45pm AEST (8.45pm AEDT)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 17): Brisbane Roar wins 6, Newcastle Jets wins 7 (4 draws)
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 11. REINALDO,12. Matt MUNDY, 14. Rocky VISCONTE,15. Matt McKAY (c), 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21. James MEYER, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK *three to be omitted*
In: Ivan FRANJIC (returns from injury), Luke BRATTAN (returns from illness), James MEYER (promoted)
Unavailable: Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (quad strain – 1 week), HENRIQUE (broken arm – indefinite)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Taylor REGAN, 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC (c), 7. Kasey WEHRMAN, 9. Zhang SHOU, 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 13. Sasho PETROVSKI, 14. Labinot HALITI, 15. Sean ROONEY 16. Jeremy BROCKIE, 17. Marcello FIORENTINI, 18. Marko JESIC, 19. Ali ABASS, 21. Brodie MOOY, 22.Kaz PATAFTA, 40. Matthew NASH *three to be omitted*
In: Taylor REGAN (promoted), Jeremy BROCKIE (returns from international duty), Marko JESIC (promoted), Kaz PATAFTA (promoted)
Out: Nikolai TOPOR STANLEY (injured – 1 week)
Unavailable: Neil YOUNG (illness – indefinite), Ben KANTAROVSKI (International Duty), Michael Bridges (injured – 4 weeks), Jobe WHEELHOUSE (injured – 1 week)