ALM Match Preview: Newcastle Jets v WSW

The Jets return home this Sunday to face off against the Western Sydney Wanderers at McDonald Jones Stadium, with kick-off at 3pm. 

Newcastle will be looking to continue their momentum from last week’s 1-1 draw against Western United in Ballarat, which saw Daniel Stynes get his first goal for the Jets with a screamer that curled into the top right corner after cutting inside from the left wing. 

The Wanderers are also coming off the back of a draw with ladder leader Melbourne City in last week’s match, which sees them sit third place on the ladder on 19 points. 

The Jets are currently sitting on 10th place on the ladder with 13 points and are just one win away from jumping up to sixth place. 

The last time these two sides met was earlier in the season in round two, where the Wanderers took the lead with a 2-0 win over the Jets, from goals by Brandon Borrello and Romain Amalfitano.

Team news: Ins and Outs

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Jack DUNCAN (gk), 2. Dane INGHAM, 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 4. Jordan ELSEY, 5. Matthew JURMAN (co-captain), 7. Trent BUHAGIAR, 8. Beka DARTSMELIA, 9. Beka MIKELTADZE, 10. Reno PISCOPO, 11. Jaushua SOTIRIO, 14. Mohamed AlL-TAAY, 17. Kosta GROZOS, 18. Daniel STYNES, 19. Callum TIMMINS, 20. Michael WEIER (gk), 24. James McGARRY, 25. Carl JENKINSON (co-captain), Archie GOODWIN, 32. Angus THURGATE, 33. Mark NATTA.

Ins: Nil

Outs: 6. Brandon O’NEILL, 23. Rory JORDAN, 30. Noah JAMES

Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1.Daniel MARGUSH (GK), 2.Gabriel CLEUR, 3.Adama TRAORE, 5.Tomi MRCELA, 6.Marcelo (C), 7.Ramy NAJJARINE, 8.Oliver BOZANIC, 9.Kusini YENGI, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Sulejman KRPIC, 12.Ruon TONGYIK, 17.Romain AMALFITANO, 19.Daniel WILMERING, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 23.Yeni NGBAKOTO, 26.Brandon BORRELLO, 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF, 32.Nathaneal BLAIR, 36.Alessandro LOPANE, 37.Alex BADOLATO.

Ins: 2.Gabriel CLEUR (returns from suspension), 9.Kusini YENGI (promoted), 10.Milos NINKOVIC (promoted)

Outs: 31.Aidan SIMMONS, 33.Alex BONETIG, 67.Marcus YOUNIS

One player to watch this weekend is Wanderers forward Brandon Borrello who has three goals and has two assists to his name.

With the return of defender Mark Natta after missing last week’s game due to a concussion injury. The Jet’s defensive line will be looking to contain Borrello, stopping him from creating any goal-scoring opportunities.

Mark Natta returns from injury this week

After scoring last week’s goal, Daniel Stynes will be looking to cement a place in the starting line-up and produce a similar performance. The young attacker has caught the eye in recent weeks with his performances and Newcastle fans will be hoping he can replicate his outrageous goal on Sunday afternoon.

Fans can watch the game live at McDonald Jones Stadium, tickets can be purchased here. The game will also be streamed live on Paramount+ and 10Bold kicking off at 3pm.

By Daniella Flamiatos