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Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners
Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners will finish Round 18 of the A-League in style with the second F3 derby of the season at McDonald Jones Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, from 4pm (AEDT).
Big news came for the Jets earlier this week as Carl Robinson has been appointed as head coach following long contract talks. Robinson stated that he had to fulfil certain obligations, which is why the deal took so long to come about, and he added that the main reason he joined Newcastle was because of club CEO Lawrie McKinna.
Roy O’Donovan is back in the side following his signing-on late last week and will be looking to help the Jets find the back of the net more often. Newcastle is in the last place for goals scored this season, scored just 13 times in 15 games.
Wes Hoolahan has been deemed not fit enough to take part in this clash and has not been included in the extended squad, while Connor O’Toole could make his debut for Newcastle after penning a deal which will see him stay at the club until 2021.
The big blow for Central Coast Mariners comes in the form of Jordan Murray, who is out for approximately one week with a foot injury. Murray has been important to the Mariners this season, and although he has registered only two goals and two assists so far in 2019–20, he has made eight starts this campaign and will be missed by his teammates.
However, Murray being out will open up an opportunity for club captain Matt Simon to make just his second start of the campaign, otherwise expect Jair to be called up.
Chris Harold also has the opportunity to make his starting debut in the squad, having signed a six-month deal with the club.
Newcastle Jets run of misses should end with the signing of Roy O’Donovan, and they will outclass the Central Coast Mariners, who have struggled to create chances throughout the season.
Newcastle Jets to win 2-0.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 4pm (AEDT).
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Time: 4pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, MyFootball Live App
Odds: Newcastle Jets $1.61, draw $4.20, Central Coast Mariners $5.25
Newcastle Jets extended squad
2. Bobby Burns, 3. Jason Hoffman, 4. Nigel Boogaard (C), 5. Ben Kantarovski, 6. Steven Ugarkovic, 7. Roy O’Donovan, 9. Abdiel Arroyo, 10. Dimi Petratos, 11. Nick Fitzgerald, 14. Kaine Sheppard, 16. Matt Millar, 18. Johnny Koutroumbis, 19. Kosta Petratos, 20. Lewis Italiano (goalkeeper), 23. Matt Ridenton, 28. Pat Langlois, 29. Connor O’Toole, 30. Keegan Hughes (goalkeeper), 32. Angus Thurgate, 44. Nikolai Topor-Stanley
Central Coast Mariners extended squad
1. Mark Birighitti (goalkeeper), 2. Ian Zygmunt Gordon, 3. Jack Clisby, 4. Eunsun Kim, 7. Milan Ðurić, 8. Michael McGlinchey, 10. Tommy Oar, 11. Daniel Desilva, 12. Adam Pearce (goalkeeper), 14. Abraham Majok, 15. Kye Rowles, 17. Sam Silvera, 18. Gianni Stensness, 19. Matthew Simon, 21. Ruon Tongyik, 24. Chris Harold, 26. Joshua Nisbet, 27. Lewis Miller, 29. Jair Britto, 30 Dylan Ruiz-Diaz