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  • 18 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
  • Referee: C. Beath
  • • Attendance: 13116
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A-League preview: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

A-League preview: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

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At either end of the form scale, history is nonetheless on the side of the underdogs. But can the Phoenix break their awful run of form against the high-flying Jets?

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
NEWCASTLE JETS


Birighitti
Neville, Calvano, Mitchell, Ritter
Zadkovich, Wheelhouse, Goodwin
Brown, Heskey, Griffiths

WELLINGTON PHOENIX


Paston
Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Ifill, Muscat, Smith, Fenton
Huysegems, Brockie

Newcastle Jets welcome Wellington Phoenix to Hunter Stadium with both sides in contrasting form.

Having lost their opener, Gary van Egmond's Jets have gone on to claim the scalps of Sydney FC, Central Coast, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney, while they were narrowly beaten by grand finalists Perth Glory.

As a result, Newcastle are just one point behind A-League leaders Central Coast and Adelaide heading into Week 7.

Wellington, on the other hand, have suffered since beginning their season with victory. Since completely outplaying Sydney in Week 1, the Phoenix have failed to win a game from their past five - a run that has only yielded two points out of a possible 15.

However, history is with the Phoenix outfit leading into Sunday's encounter, as they have a quality record against the Jets.

The big question seems to be if Newcastle penetrate the Phoenix defence? The Jets have endured a torrid time against the likes of former player Andrew Durante and Ben Sigmund, with a mere two goals scored in their past five games against Ricki Herbert's side.

It has been equally as awful at the other end, with a staggering 13 goals conceded in these five matches.

But the Phoenix's winning drought is approaching crisis point and, if it is not rectified soon, they could find themselves out of contention for a finals position.

The Phoenix are three games short of their longest run without a win, which stands at eight, and one off equalling their worst-ever losing run.

The Jets continue to be without their Young Socceroos quintet, which includes the likes of Adam Taggart and Josh Brillante.  They will also miss the suspended Jacob Pepper and Taylor Regan, with Ben Kantarovski set for a stint on the sidelines of around a month after minor knee surgery.

There are noo such absentee worries for the Phoenix, but Herbert may tinker with his side in a bid to find a much-needed win.  Paul Ifill has struggled for form this campaign after an interrupted pre-season, and may find his starting role in jeopardy.

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