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  • 12 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
  • Referee: S. Delovski
  • • Attendance: 10164

A-League preview: Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar

A-League preview: Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar

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Just goal difference separates the two sides, meaning a win for either side could prove crucial in the run to the A-League finals Indonesia   By GOAL.COM


Neville, Regan, Chapman, Gallaway
Brown, Brillante, Goodwin
Griffiths, Heskey, Virgili


Franjic, Donachie, Smith, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Nichols
Halloran, Berisha, Broich

Newcastle head into the game without a win in their past three matches after last Saturday's scoreless draw against Adelaide, following on from consecutive away losses to the two Melbourne sides.

The main positive to come out of the clash with the Reds was the fact Gary van Egmond's men managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time this season.

And they were probably unlucky not to snatch all three points, after Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic pulled off a string of impressive saves. 

Brisbane looked back on track after wins over Adelaide and Wellington, but suffered a 3-2 loss against Melbourne Heart last Sunday.

The Roar were completely outplayed by their opponents, but almost got something from the match with Besart Berisha's late brace setting up a nervy finale for the hosts, who were reduced to 10 men. 

The main issue surrounding the Jets heading into this clash is the fitness of marquee player Emile Heskey and stand-in captain Ruben Zadkovich.

Heskey missed the second half of the clash against Adelaide with a hip injury. Scans on Monday confirmed a minor strain, but he is considered a chance to play.

Zadkovich twisted his knee during training on Tuesday and while there is no major damage, he is under doubt.  It could pave the way for regular captain Jobe Wheelhouse to come straight back into the side, while Scott Neville could also come back into the XI.

Brisbane signed fringe Australia international Jade North to shore up their defence, but it remains to be seen if he is cleared in time to take the field agains his former club.

Brisbane were hopelessly exposed by the Heart last week, especially for the third goal, as Fred was left completely unmarked to slot home from close range.

Should he play, North is likely to partner Matt Smith in central defence, with Matthew Jurman, who has struggled, tipped to be benched.  If not, James Donachie could get a start, having returned from suspension.

Jack Hingert and Henrique continue to miss through injury.

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