The Jets are likely to give Emile Heskey his A-League debut, while the Reds must move on from their disappointing exit in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday
|By WILLIAM VALLELY
Neville, Calvano, Mitchell, Ritter
Kantarovski, Wheelhouse, Zadkovich
Ribeiro, Heskey, Taggart
Bowles, Fyfe, Boogaard, Cassio
Barbiero, McKain, RamsayVidosic, Van Dijk, Neumann
Adelaide have impressed in pre-season, thumping Brisbane 6-2 and Sydney 4-2 and also gaining good wins against Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Heart.
Their AFC Champions League campaign is over, however, after their extra-time loss to Bunyodkor on Wednesday.
Newcastle have not lost a pre-season game, defeating A-League championship contenders Brisbane, Central Coast, and Wellington along the way.
The Jets will have a full squad to choose from for the game at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, meaning coach Gary van Egmond is likely hand club debuts to Scott Neville, Josh Mitchell and Bernardo Ribeiro, among others.
Meanwhile, Adelaide will be without injured 29-year-old midfielder Zenon Caravella for the clash.
The home side's fans will get their first glimpse of English import Emile Heskey in A-League action, with the former Liverpool and Aston Villa forward aiming to use his experience and physicality to get a positive result for his new side.
Adelaide have an impressive front-man of their own in Sergio van Dijk. But the Dutchman has been linked with an exit from the club, and must try and put speculation over his future behind him by propelling his team to victory against the Jets.
The pressure of a passionate home crowd riding the wave of Heskey optimism may prove too much for Adelaide United, but the Reds have impressed all with their determined performances in the ACL and will be no pushover.