Preview: Toppling City in Melbourne


The top six is within touching distance, and the Jets have every intention of making their way into finals contention on Sunday afternoon.

A flight to Melbourne beckons, as does a City side which will prove a handful for a determined Newcastle outfit.

Guilty so far this season of not taking the chances that come their way, no-one can deny that the Jets are putting together good, if unrewarded, performances.

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None moreso than Wednesday night against Brisbane Roar, where the boys created a whopping 22 chances but had to settle for a share of the points in the 2-2 draw.

It comes off the back of the last-gasp defeat to Adelaide and that stunning derby win over the Mariners, but the feeling is that a golden run is just inches away for the Jets.

Dimi Petratos Brisbane Roar

They’ll have to be wary of this weekend’s opponents, City, who scored a famous 2-0 win over the Wanderers last weekend with ten men.

Goalkeeper, Eugene Galekovic was the hero in that win for City, who are currently five points and sit three rungs higher on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

Team news

It was brilliant for football fans throughout Australia to see fullback, Johnny Koutroumbis to return to the pitch on Wednesday as he overcomes cancer.

The man on the opposite side of the pitch, Daniel Georgievski, put in a man of the match performance but there could be changes throughout the side.

With the boys playing their third game in just seven days, Ernie Merrick has signalled that fatigue is a factor which comes into play when selecting his starting XI.

Steven Ugarkovic

It’s an approach which seen Steven Ugarkovic and Jair sit on the bench against Bisbane, but with some rest under their belts, they could well be back in the mix for a start on Sunday evening.

Dimi Petratos has played every minute, alongside Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Nigel Boogaard this season, and the trio look likely to maintain that record on Sunday.

From the coach

“We totally dominated in the first half again, but you know you need that second or third goal just to really put the game to bed,” assistant coach, Clayton Zane said.

“We’ve kept it really simple and asked the boys to concentrate on hitting the target… the big thing here is trying to get the players to believe they’re capable of putting three and four past teams like we did last year.

“That’s been the little bit of difference, because we’ve scored goals and we scored two again on the weekend, and in nearly every match. Scoring goals isn’t the problem, it’s getting the third and four one at times.

“Every team has their fair share of matches at the moment, so that bench is going to play a big part for any game we play.

“We’ve dropped some serious points in these past two games, so we’ll go to Melbourne with a positive mindset and look to match it with the so-called stars of the league.”

The Newcastle Jets will face Melbourne City on Sunday 6 January, 5pm at AAMI Park. Catch the game live on Fox Sports, or the MyFootball Live App.