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A-League preview: Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets

A-League preview: Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets

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Off-field financial dramas will hang closely over the heads of the Jets' players, so how will they cope in a tricky trip to Perth to meet the Glory?

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
PERTH GLORY

Vukovic
Risdon, Thwaite, Van den Brink, Jamieson
Dodd, Miller, Burns, Heffernan
Smeltz, Nagai

NEWCASTLE JETS

Nash
Neville, Mitchell, Tiago, Ritter
Brillante, Zadkovich, Goodwin
Griffiths, Heskey, Taggart

The Newcastle Jets' preparations for their match in Perth have been marred by increased speculation about the finances of the club, so how they players will react when their livelihood is potentially at stake could be the key here.

Ignoring the drama in the boardroom, Jets coach Gary van Egmond could rush Adam Taggart straight into his starting line-up for the trip after the 19-year-old striker's scoring exploits with Australia national team in Hong Kong.

Taggart was a surprise selection by Holger Osieck for the East Asian Cup qualifying tournament, having only played just 96 minutes this season.

But scored two goals in Australia's final match against Chinese Taipei last Sunday and - with the Jets having failed to score in three of their past four games - Taggart may be the answer for Van Egmond's problems up front.

Van Egmond will have Ryan Griffiths and Josh Mitchell back against the Glory after they were banned from the Jets' 2-0 loss to Central Coast last Sunday, although captain Jobe Wheelhouse will still be out with a knee injury.  Tiago Calvano also returns to the squad, with James Brown the big omission.

For Perth, Michael Thwaite and Scott Jamieson will return from international duty as Ian Ferguson attempts to snap a five-game winless streak. The Glory coach is hopeful Liam Miller and Ryo Nagai will be fit enough to play, which would add much-needed creativity.

Glory have scored two goals in their past five A-League matches and, like Newcastle, have been kept scoreless in three of their past four.

Can Ferguson inject enough creativity into his team to give Shane Smeltz and Billy Mehmet a chance to score?

While Miller may be seen as the answer, the Irishman does not produce enough defence-splitting passes and Ferguson may have to throw Nagai, who impressed during pre-season, straight into action on Friday if Glory are to win.

With both teams having troubles up front and desperate to end respective two-game losing streaks, this game looks destined to go to the wire.

Three points beckon for either team if they can find a way to get their misfiring strikers to hit form.  But if the match remains level with half an hour to go, expect the beleaguered Jets to settle for a draw away from home.

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1Danny VukovicGoalkeeper
-Bas Van den BrinkDefender
16Dean HeffernanDefender
19Joshua RisdonDefender
14Scott JamiesonDefender
-Michael ThwaiteDefender
7Jacob BurnsMidfielder
33Liam MillerMidfielder
14Steven McGarryMidfielder
9Shane SmeltzStriker
13Travis DoddMidfielder
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22Nick WardMidfielder
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-Joshua MitchellDefender
-Dominik RitterDefender
10Ruben ZadkovichMidfielder
-Mitchell OxborrowDefender
-Emile HeskeyStriker
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