Newcastle Jets will look to continue their late-season play-off push when they travel to Brisbane Roar on Friday.
Having initially been resigned to scrapping at the bottom of the table, the Jets have put together a six-game unbeaten run, picking up three of their five A-League wins during that time.
This turnaround has moved them to within six points of sixth-place and that coveted final play-off spot but they face a tough test away to the Roar, with Robbie Fowler’s men sitting fourth having won their last two games.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and live stream information.
Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets: Key details, TV & live stream info
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Kick-off: 8:30 AM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1
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Last five meetings: Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets
28 December 2019: Newcastle Jets 1-1 Brisbane Roar (A-League)
20 April 2019: Brisbane Roar 1-6 Newcastle Jets (A-League)
02 January 2019: Newcastle Jets 2-2 Brisbane Roar (A-League)
09 December 2018: Newcastle Jets 2-0 Brisbane Roar (A-League)
24 February 2018: Brisbane Roar 0-1 Newcastle Jets (A-League)
Aggregate Score: Brisbane Roar (DLDLL) 4-12 Newcastle Jets (DWDWW)
Ones to watch
Brisbane Roar: Jay O’Shea
Only Central Coast Mariners (20) have scored fewer goals than Brisbane (24) in the A-League this season, placing even more importance on the creative exploits of Jay O’Shea as the end of the regular season approaches.
The Roar aren’t totally assured of their play-off berth just yet and Fowler will need his midfield maestro to continue his fine individual season to make sure his side make the post-season.
Key stat: O’Shea has created more chances (65) than any other Brisbane player in the A-League this season.
Newcastle Jets: Dimitrios Petratos
O’Shea ranks second in the A-League for chances created this season and he’ll face the only man ahead of him in that regard this weekend: Dimitrios Petratos.
The Australia international has been in supreme form this season, attempting more shots (47) than any other Newcastle player and bringing his creative genius to the fore as the Jets make a late surge toward the top six.
Key stat: No player has created more chances (73) or provided more assists (7) than Petratos in the A-League this season.
Fowler has a fully fit and available squad and although he may be wary of right-back Jack Hingert picking up another yellow card, which will earn him a one-match suspension, he starts here.
Confirmed XI: Young; Neville, Aldred, Gillesphey; Hingert, O’Neill, O’Shea, Brown; McDonald, Inman; Muratovic.
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Carl Robinson is without Ben Kantarovski (quad), Lachlan Jackson (knee) and Noah James (hand) for the trip to Brisbane due to injury, with the latter facing a three-month lay-off.
Confirmed XI: Italiano; Millar, Koutroumbis, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Burns; Thurgate, Ugarkovic, Petratos; Hoolahan, O’Donovan.
After looking dead and buried, Newcastle’s turnaround has been quite remarkable and Robinson’s side now stand a genuine chance of reaching the play-offs.
Fowler knows a win in this one will all but seal his side’s place in the post-season but given their wretched recent record against the Jets — coupled with the visitors’ strong form — he’ll likely be happy with a point.