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Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets will be closing Round 13 of the A-League at AAMI Park. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6:30pm (AEDT).
Melbourne Victory is off form but will be confident going into this game – their last game came two weeks ago, bringing a win in the Melbourne derby against City. However, they still have managed to win only three games this season and sit just three points above the Jets in eighth place.
The worst news for Victory is that Ola Toivonen is suspended for this clash due to picking up his fifth yellow card, which merits a hiatus. This will cause a reshuffle in the front line that could see either Robbie Kruse or Andrew Nabbout lead the line.
I would play both of them upfront with two strikers, meaning that they could bounce off each other and create havoc, but Marco Kurz will likely stick with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
Kenny Athiu is also a wildcard option to lead the line.
Newcastle Jets are also a team without an out-and-out striker and have been attempting to utilise Angus Thurgate in that role, although it hasn’t exactly been going to plan.
They haven’t won in their last four games, and after losing by four goals to Melbourne City and Perth Glory they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Brisbane Roar.
They miss the positioning and physicality that Abdiel Arroyo brings to their game and haven’t looked like scoring in recent weeks.
They are underdogs going into this game, but with Toivonen out for Melbourne Victory, anything could be possible.
With both sides lacking their main strikers, I don’t think either one of their sides will be able to make up for it. I am predicting a dull 0-0 draw, but hopefully it’s anything but that!
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the game kicking off at 6:30pm (AEDT).
Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, MyFootballLive app
Betting: Melbourne $2.15, Newcastle $3.10, draw $3.60
2. Storm Roux, 3. Corey Brown, 4. James Donachie, 5. Tim Hoogland, 6. Leigh Broxham, 7. Kenny Athiu, 8. Jakob Poulsen, 9. Andrew Nabbout, 10. Robbie Kruse, 16. Josh Hope, 17. Elvis Kamsoba, 18. Migjen Basha, 19. Ben Carrigan, 20. Lawrence Thomas, 21. Adama Traore, 22. Kristijan Dobras, 24. Anthony Lesiotis, 25. Brandon Lauton, 26. Jay Barnett, 50. Brendan White
1. Glen Moss, 2. Bobby Burns, 3. Jason Hoffman, 5. Ben Kantarovski, 6. Steven Ugarkovic, 10. Dimi Petratos, 11. Nick Fitzgerald, 14. Kaine Sheppard, 16. Matt Millar, 18. Johnny Koutroumbis, 19. Kosta Petratos, 20. Lewis Italiano, 22. Lachlan Jackson, 23. Matt Ridenton, 25. Jack Simmons, 28. Pat Langlois, 32. Angus Thurgate, 44. Nikolai Topor-Stanley