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November 2, 2013 7:45 PM EST
Hunter Stadium — Newcastle
Referee:‬ K. Griffiths-Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 13744‎
 
Marcos Flores 65′ (PG)
57′ (OG) Trent Sainsbury

A-League preview: Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners will meet in Round 4 of the 2013-14 A-League season at Hunter Stadium on Saturday, November 2 at 7.45pm AEDT

By Luke Sheehan

Newcastle Jets - Central Coast Mariners
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

NEWCASTLE JETS


Birighitti
Neville, Chapman, Jaliens, Gallaway
Brillante, Zadkovich, Kantarovski
Burns, Taggart/Heskey, Hoole

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Pasfield
Roux, Sainsbury, Anderson/Seip, Rose
Montogomery, Hutchinson, Fitzgerald,
Flores, Duke, McGlinchey

Head-to-head:
Played: 29, Wins: Newcastle 9, Central Coast 10, Draws: 10

Previous encounter:
Central Coast 0-0 Newcastle, December 8, 2012

Past five matches:
Jets: DDLLD
Mariners: WDDLL

The Game:

The F3 derby is not the game the Jets will have wanted to face in such a slump, with their goal drought now lasting 406 minutes (including last season). Coach Gary van Egmond will be hoping star striker Emile Heskey is fit to take his place in the line up, having battled a knee injury sustained in pre-season. The towering Englishman will be hoping he can break the Jets' duck this season, as they have gone goalless in their three matches so far. Despite their story of woe up front, the picture is not so disastrous looking at the table as they have two points - and are just two points outside the finals positions. But it will be a long season if their goal drought continues to haunt them early in the campaign.

The Mariners re-gained their mojo with a confident 1-0 win over Adelaide United last start, holding on to a lead gained early via a Nick Fitzgerald goal. The back-four of Zach Anderson, Josh Rose, Trent Sainsbury and Storm Roux that almost held out Western Sydney on the opening matchday went one better as a defensive unit to keep the club's first clean sheet of the season - alongside first-choice keeper Justin Pasfield. They have a very big chance to make it consecutive shutouts too, what with the Jets' issues in front of goal.

The big issue:

Newcastle - goals. It will come as no surprise that Newcastle need to score, and may throw in Heskey before he is fully fit in a desperate attempt to find the back of the net. They came tantalisingly close in Napier, but their confidence is sorely lacking.

Central Coast - Consistency. The Mariners have been renowned for their brilliant runs of results in recent years, however they have began the season with a couple of draws and a narrow win. Now is the time for Graham Arnold's side to stamp down their authority as a serious title contender by embarking on a winning sequence.

The game breaker:

Mitchell Duke - he has only played 31 F3 derby minutes, but will be looking to further enhance is reputation as the next big thing in the A-League by adding to his one goal so far this season. Is the focal point of most Mariners' attacks, and should have chances to bury the Jets.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-2 Central Coast

The Mariners are a class above, and if they are anywhere near their best, they will win. The Jets are simply down on confidence, and in front of a Hunter Stadium crowd with high expectations, it might be too much for Van Egmond's developing side to handle. Central Coast are much more seasoned, and should get the three points here.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Team News
Available Squads
30Mark BirighittiGoalkeeper
12Scott NevilleDefender
2Kew JaliensDefender
-Andrew HooleMidfielder
-Connor ChapmanDefender
16Samuel GallawayDefender
6Ben KantarovskiMidfielder
10Ruben ZadkovichMidfielder
-Joshua BrillanteDefender
11Nathan BurnsStriker
-Adam TaggartStriker
1Ben KennedyGoalkeeper
-Craig GoodwinDefender
-Jacob PepperMidfielder
18James BrownMidfielder
9Michael BridgesGoalkeeper
20PasfieldGoalkeeper
3Joshua RoseDefender
5Zachary AndersonDefender
-Storm RouxDefender
-Trent SainsburyDefender
7John HutchinsonMidfielder
18Nick MontgomeryMidfielder
10Marcos FloresMidfielder
-Michael McGlincheyMidfielder
24Mitchell DukeStriker
-Nick FitzgeraldStriker
1Liam ReddyGoalkeeper
-Marcel SeipDefender
13Brent GriffithsDefender
-Matt SimonStriker
21Mile SterjovskiMidfielder
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Adam Taggart Adam Taggart
Striker
Newcastle Jets
16 1
David Williams David Williams
Striker
Melbourne Heart
12 3
James Troisi James Troisi
Striker
Melbourne Victory
12 1
Besart Berisha Besart Berisha
Striker
Brisbane
11 1
Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero
Striker
Sydney FC
10 5