In 15 meetings, the Jets have saluted on eight occasions with three draws leaving the Victory to take the chocolates just four times indicating that this one may fall to the Novocastrians.
With a new owner and an expected improved crowd, the Jets will be desperate to put on a good show and back up last week’s opening win of the season.
The Victory have failed to hit the target in their past two matches but at the same time have not conceded in three with their defence their key at present.
There probably won’t be many goals in this one but Newcastle may get the one required to record a stirring win.
Verdict: Jets 1-0
Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne Victory
Date: Saturday, 25 September 2010
Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Local Kick-Off: 7:30pm
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 15): Newcastle Jets wins 8, Melbourne Victory wins 4 (3 draws)
Referee: Chris Beath
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, 9.Zhang SHUO, 15.Sean ROONEY, 19.Ali ABBAS, 21.Brodie MOOY, 14.Labinot HALITI, 40.Matthew NASH (gk), 17.Marcello FIORENTINI, 11.Tarek ELRICH, 13, Sasho PETROVSKI *two to be omitted*
In: Tarek ELRICH (returns from injury), Sasho PETROVSKI (promoted)
Unavailable: Marko JESIC (international duty), Jobe WHEELHOUSE (hamstring/knee), Neil YOUNG (illness), Taylor REGAN (not available), Kaz PATAFTA (not available), Jeremy BROCKIE (groin)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Michael PETKOVIC (gk), 4. Petar FRANJIC, 5. Surat SUKHA, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.RICARDINHO, 11.Marvin ANGULO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14. Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 19. Evan BERGER, 20.Sebastian MATTEI (gk), 21. Robbie KRUSE 23. Adrian LEIJER (c), 24. Luke PILKINGTON, 27. Geoff KELLAWAY *two to be omitted*
In: Robbie KRUSE (returns from injury), Petar FRANJIC (promoted)
Unavailable: Archie THOMPSON (knee), Matthew KEMP (knee), Kevin MUSCAT (foot 2 – 4 weeks), Mate DUGANDZIC (international duty), Diogo FERREIRA (international duty), Matthew FOSCHINI (international duty)