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Brisbane Roar FC
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The two teams at the bottom of the table meet at McDonald Jones Stadium, with the last-placed Newcastle Jets looking to get some life into their season against the visiting Brisbane Roar. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEDT) for live scores and coverage of the game.
It is the first real battle of the spoon this season in Newcastle, with two teams coming up against one another who have flattered to deceive.
The Jets have been atrocious over the last two rounds with 10 goals conceded to go from having a respectably disappointing defence to the worst in the league by a long margin.
So bad is their defence that they need to win today’s game 5-0 in order to just have another team in the comp with a goals against tally as bad as theirs.
Ernie Merrick is feeling the pressure, regardless of his comments during the week that real pressure is having to win grand finals every season in Melbourne, a slightly back-handed defence of his position if ever there was one to his current employer.
Newcastle have been disjointed this season, and it has been a huge surprise how badly they have gone given that they recruited relatively astutely in the offseason.
The return of captain Nigel Boogaard comes in a timely fashion, with the hope that the big centre-back will tighten up the leaky backline.
Brisbane meanwhile just cannot seem to get things together and will see this as a prime opportunity to get their campaign on track, grab a third win for the season, and maybe push for finals.
It is Roy O’Donovan’s first return to his old hunting ground and his time in Newcastle was something of a mixed bag, so there is no doubt that he will be eager to impress, and will likely score on return, as is a common theme with returning frontmen to the Hunter.
The Roar have failed to score a goal in the first half of a game this season, so again, if ever they were going to break that unwanted streak, now is the time.
Newcastle at the moment have the wood over their opponents, unbeaten in the last six encounters, and will be hoping to extend that streak to a seventh game, for a third crucial win for the season.
If ever the Roar are going to nab a first up away win for the season, then it is here in Newcastle against the worst defence in the league. Still, you would expect that the home advantage will surely life Newcastle, but again without any firepower up front, you imagine they just don’t have the firepower to do the job.
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When: Saturday, 28 December 2019
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium
Viewing: FOX Sports 505, MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 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 (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matt RIDENTON, 25.Jack SIMMONS, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
1.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 7.Jai INGHAM, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Bradden INMAN, 12.Aiden O’NEILL, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.George MELLS, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 23.Dylan WENZEL-A-LeagueLS, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA, 28.Izaack POWELL, 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS