A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets
The surroundings at Campbelltown Stadium may be unfamiliar for both sides, but it is the Wanderers who look more likely to make themselves at home
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Ono, Poljak, Mooy
Hersi, Kresinger, Bridge
Neville, Chapman, Mitchell, Goodwin
Brillante, Zadkovich, Caravella, Hoole
The Western Sydney Wanderers and the Newcastle Jets head to Campbelltown Stadium as part of the A-League's regional fixtures, with victory vital for both sides for different reasons.
Tony Popovic's troops will be keen to keep in touch with the top two, while Newcastle can give their finals a push with the three points.
Both teams come into the clash in at least solid form, with the Wanderers sensationally winning their last four games on the trot.
The Jets are unbeaten in five games, but it should be noted that four of those matches have ended in draws.
After easily disposing of Adelaide 4-2 last Sunday, Popovic may be reluctant to change a winning side, but defenders Jerome Polenz [suspension] and captain Michael Beauchamp [injury] are both available again and will push for a starting berth.
Shannon Cole and Iacopo La Rocca will be the two that would make way.
The Jets also get a defender back, with full-back Sam Gallaway to return after serving a one-game ban. Fellow defender Taylor Regan and promising forward Adam Taggart are among the others back in the squad.
James Brown drops out of the squad altogether due to personal reasons, with Zenon Caravella likely to make his first start for the Jets in his place.
Newcastle won the only other previous clash between the two sides, coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at Parramatta Stadium back in Week 6.
But while Newcastle were too good for the Wanderers in that match, the A-League new-boys are a much stronger proposition this time around.
All of Western Sydney's players are in form, confidence is sky-high and they have certainly found their touch in front of goal.
After leaking too many goals earlier in the season, the Jets have plugged the holes at the back and will prove a stern challenge for the home side to break down.
But with the likes of Hersi, Ono, Mark Bridge and Aaron Mooy at their best, the Wanderers will be tough to defeat again.
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|-||Iacopo La Rocca||Midfielder|
|23||Ryan Alan Griffiths||Striker|