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The Newcastle Jets host Adelaide United at Hunter Stadium in Round 11 of the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage starting from 5:35pm AEDT.
Both sides will be full of confidence coming into this game after they picked up big wins in last week’s round of fixtures.
There is something strangely satisfying about winning a game ugly and that’s what Ernie Merrick must have felt following Newcastle’s win last week.
The Jets couldn’t muster a shot on target until the 87th minute and were on course to lose the game until two goals in quick succession turned the game on its head with Newcastle stealing three points at the death. It shows how far they have come this season when they can win games in that manner.
The concerns which arose when Vargas sustained his injury earlier on in the season have evaporated such has been the impressive form of Dimi Petratos.
He has arguably been the Jets’ stand out player and seems to create chances for his teammates every time he gets the ball at the moment, they will look to him to dictate things once again for the Jets.
Newcastle received the news this week that Roy O’Donovan will likely miss three months of the season after tearing his groin in the win over Perth and while it is a big blow to lose someone of his quality Newcastle have shown they can cope with losing their big players.
Adelaide’s early season struggles look to be behind them as they picked up a huge win over long-time rivals Melbourne Victory last week.
The Reds are starting to get some consistency back into their game and it’s no surprise that coincides with some of their more experienced players returning from injury.
They welcome back Taylor Regan into the squad this week against his former club with the big defender missing nine weeks with an injury.
The only disappointing factor to come out of last week’s game was the dismissal of two key players which could have a big impact on the game.
Adlung and Garrucio will both miss out after being sent off late against Victory and Adlung, in particular, could be a big miss as the German midfielder has been impressive since joining the Reds.
The first meeting between both sides this season ended with Newcastle winning 2-1 but the story of the opening 35 minutes was total domination by Adelaide and the Reds going a goal up.
It was up there with some of the best football they have played this season especially as they were missing 5-6 first team regulars so Newcastle will know they have a game on their hands this evening.
I feel there is a good vibe around Adelaide at the moment and they are on an upward curve. There won’t be much between the teams but I think the Reds will sneak this one with Isaias playing a big part in proceedings.
Newcastle Jets 1, Adelaide United 2