NJ vs PG Match Preview: Newcastle Jets will be playing hosts to an in-form Perth Glory side on Sunday afternoon as they look to bounce back with a win after two consecutive draws. Carl Robinson was recently appointed for the jets as the manager and has stagnantly improved his side a notch, Newcastle Jets beat Central Coast Mariners under their new boss before settling for a stalemate in the next two games. With 15 points on board, Newcastle Jets is currently at the 10th spot in the A-League.
Perth Glory, on the other hand, have been fairly inconsistent in their most recent games. From the last five matches, Perth Glory has won two and drawn three which currently places them at the second spot with 30 points. However, Perth Glory can not afford to be too comfortable as Melbourne City FC and Wellington Phoenix are also level in terms of the points tally.
Date- Saturday, February 29
Kick-Off- 11:30 AM (IST)
Venue- Newcastle International Sports Centre
Joe Ledley has recently been signed in by the Jets along with Bernie Ibini which could add value to their squad. Ben Kantarovski remains on the sidelines due to a quad issue, while Lachlan Jackson’s knee, as well as James’ hand injury, rules them out too.
Dino Djulbic has an ankle injury, while Chris Ikonomidis’ knee issue makes them long term absentees for Perth Glory. Kim Soo-Beom and Juande have recently returned to the squad and could get the nod ahead in the upcoming fixture.
Newcastle Jets- Italiano; Koutroumbis, Boogaard, Topor Stanley; Millar, Ugarkovic, Thurgate, Burns; Petratos, Arroyo, R O’Donovan
Perth Glory- Reddy; Tratt, Mrcela, Grant; Franjic, Kilkenny, Brimmer, Meredith; Castro, N D’Agostino; B Fornaroli
Dimitrios Petratos could be pivotal from midfield for Newcastle Jets. Petratos has five goals from 18 appearances this season.
Bruno Foraroli has been one of the standouts for Peth Glory. Fornaroli has 11 goals from 17 appearances for his side this season.
Matthew Millar has impressed in defence as well as while going forward for the Jets. Millar has three goals from nine appearances this season.
Veteran midfielder Diego Castro has been effective for Perth Glory. Castro has four goals from 15 appearances this season.
Perth Glory should be walking into the game as the favourites to win.
Goalkeeper- L Italiano
Defenders- M Millar, N Boogard, K Soo-Beom, J Tratt
Midfielders- J Hoffman, W Hoolahan, D Castro (VC), V Lia
Forwards- D Petratos, B Fornarolo (C)
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