Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United preview
Newcastle desperately need goals so have brought in a man who has shown in the past that he is capable of scoring them.
Former Everton and Arsenal starlet Francis Jeffers will make his A-League debut when the Jets host Adelaide United and the Newcastle hierarchy will be hoping he can provide the answers for a team that has netted an embarrassing five goals in 11 matches and are now rooted to the bottom of the table.
Surely Jets coach Branko Culina has to make changes to his line-up which has scored just once in their past four matches and has not won since September 17. One of those changes could be veteran striker Sasho Petrovski, who despite being one of the top goalscorers in A-League history, cannot seem to buy a game.
Culina has opted to look elsewhere for his goals but they have failed to come so without doubt it is time to deploy Petrovski but from the events of the season so far, that looks unlikely.
In the Adelaide camp, things are looking much better after two losses in a row and an extremely poor first half against Perth Glory midweek.
However, Rini Coolen's men rallied to score twice in the second half and get themselves back onto the winners list and they now sit just a point behind the uncontainable Brisbane Roar.
The Reds will come to Newcastle looking for a win and the sheer difference in quality of the two sides will see them achieve that but if Jeffers plays, expect him to have some say in proceedings.
Verdict: Reds 2-1
Newcastle Jets v Adelaide UnitedDate: Saturday, 13 November 2010 Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Local kick-off: 7.45pm local Referee: Kurt Ams Head-to-head: All matches (played 18): Newcastle Jets wins 5, Adelaide United wins 8 (5 draws) Match fact: With just five goals in its 11 matches so far, Newcastle Jets have one of the Hyundai A-League's slowest scoring starts to a season. TEAMS WITH LOWEST GOAL TALLY AFTER TWELVE MATCHES - first five seasons 2005/06 season - New Zealand Knights - 7 goals 2006/07 season - New Zealand Knights - 4 goals 2007/08 season - Melbourne Victory - 12 goals 2008/09 season - Newcastle Jets - 11 goals 2009/10 season - Adelaide United - 12 goals The Jets will be aiming to halt its dry goal scoring run against the Reds.
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Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Taylor REGAN, 3. Adam D'APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC (C), 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI 7. Kasey WEHRMAN, 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 13. Sasho PETROVSKI, 14. Labinot HALITI, 15. Sean ROONEY, 17. Marcello FIORENTINI, 18. Marko JESIC, 19. Ali ABASS, 22.Kaz PATAFTA 24. Francis Jeffers*, 40. Matthew NASH *two to be omitted* In: Francis Jeffers (subject to FIFA clearance) Out: Nil Unavailable: Neil YOUNG (illness - indefinite), Michael Bridges (Knee - six weeks), Jobe WHEELHOUSE (Hip - indefinite), Brodie MOOY (Shin Splints - indefinite), Jeremy BROCKIE (Broken foot - 6 to 8 weeks), Zhang SHUO (calf - indefinite)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 13.Travis DODD, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON, 26.Joe KEENAN *one to be omitted* In: Inseob SHIN (promoted) Out: Nil Unavailable: Daniel MULLEN (ankle - 2 weeks), Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle - 3 weeks), Mathew LECKIE (knee - 9 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee - indefinite)