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A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

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The Jets rallied to take a point of Heart in Week 8, and they face another stern test against a Roar outfit desperately needing results - and fast

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
BRISBANE ROAR

Theoklitos
Hingert, Takahashi, Jurman, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Nichols
Halloran, Berisha, Broich

NEWCASTLE JETS

Nash
Neville, Mitchell, Chapman, Ritter
Zadkovich, Wheelhouse, Goodwin
Griffiths, Heskey, Bernardo

Brisbane and Newcastle face off on Saturday, with both sides struggling to find form and consistency.

The Roar have tasted victory just once in their last six A-League games - a run that has seen the defending champions slip to second from bottom in the standings.

Brisbane's only success during that period came against an out-of-sorts Sydney FC side, who are the only side below the Roar on the table.

The Jets, meanwhile, have collected four points from their last four encounters, following a 3-3 draw against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Gary Van Egmond's troops registered three wins on the bounce following their opening week loss to Adelaide United, but it has been a rocky road since.

The Jets, however, do have history on their side, with an incredible seven wins from eight games in Brisbane.

Can the Roar address their form slump? Brisbane's bid to claim an unprecedented third successive championship is on the verge of collapse after a run of four defeats in five games. Things will not get any easier with Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic missing the match due to international commitments with the Socceroos.

The Roar defence, which has been a cornerstone in much of their success, have managed to keep just one clean sheet this season.  Matt Jurman should replace Smith, while Franjic's absence could be filled by Japanese Yuji Takahashi or James Donachie.

The Jets also have frailties at the back, having shipped 10 goals in their last four games.

Alarmingly, two of those were conceded in the opening four minutes of Sunday's 3-3 draw with Heart.

Jets captain Jobe Wheelhouse has already called for an improvement and it will be interesting to see how the back four perform at Suncorp on Saturday.

They lose Adam Taggart to Socceroos duty, while Craig Goodwin is in line for a start after scoring off the bench against former side Heart.

Van Egmond must decide whether to again tinker with his back four, after dropping Brazilian Tiago for Australia youth international Connor Chapman in Week 8.

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1Michael TheoklitosGoalkeeper
3Shane StefanuttoDefender
17Matthew JurmanDefender
19Jack HingertDefender
15James DonachieDefender
8Erik PaartaluMidfielder
8Massimo MurdoccaMidfielder
-Ben HalloranMidfielder
22Thomas BroichMidfielder
22Besart BerishaStriker
10HenriqueStriker
20Matt ActonGoalkeeper
-Yuji TakahashiDefender
-Dong-Hyun DoStriker
10James MeyerMidfielder
-Matthew NashGoalkeeper
12Scott NevilleDefender
-Joshua MitchellDefender
-Dominik RitterDefender
-Connor ChapmanDefender
18James BrownMidfielder
10Ruben ZadkovichMidfielder
-BernardoMidfielder
12Jobe WheelhouseMidfielder
-Emile HeskeyStriker
29Ryan GriffithsMidfielder
-Jack DunnMidfielder
-Craig GoodwinDefender
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