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Jan 20, 2021 at 8.05am UK at Hunter Stadium
Newcastle JetsNewcastle Jets
Brisbane RoarBrisbane Roar
Yuel (38')
O'Donovan (2'), Boogaard (59')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Danzaki (6'), Wenzel-Halls (61')

Preview: Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Australian A-League clash between Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Newcastle Jets entertain Brisbane Roar in the A-League on Wednesday morning, with the hosts aiming to end their current three-match losing run.

The visitors last played on January 2 due to coronavirus regulations and will be looking to build on their 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory last time out.

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Craig Deans was appointed caretaker manager following Carl Robinson's departure in the summer, but he is yet to secure his first victory in the role.

A narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of the league's new boys Macarthur FC over the weekend means the Jets remain pointless and rooted to the bottom of the table.

New signing Valentino Yuel did manage to register his first goal for his new side, however, and the 26-year-old will be hoping it is the start of a good run of form that fires his latest club up the division.

The Newcastle International Sports Centre outfit will be hoping they can take advantage of any rustiness within the Brisbane ranks due to their lengthy layoff and claim their first points of the season.

Brisbane have only won one of their last seven games against their upcoming opponents, although the Jets' recent results will give them confidence that they can address that record.

Attacking duo Scott McDonald and Dylan Wenzel-Halls were on the scoresheet against Melbourne at the start of the month, and Warren Moon will be keen for his forward players to pick up where they left off almost three weeks ago.

Moon's men finished fourth in 2019-20, reaching the final series before losing to Western United in the knockout round.

This time around, they will be hoping to go one better and claim their fourth A-League crown and their first since 2014. A victory over the division's basement side could be crucial to their chances if they want to keep pace with the leading pack.

Newcastle Jets Australian A-League form: LLL

Brisbane Roar Australian A-League form: LW

Team News

Twenty-eight-year-old midfielder Ben Kantarovski and full-back John Koutroumbis are once again unavailable for this midweek encounter, with the pair suffering from injury.

Wing-back Jason Hoffman made his comeback over the weekend but was unable to complete the 90 minutes and could be rested for the visit of Brisbane.

Moon oversaw wholesale changes at the Suncorp Stadium during the off-season, with 11 players joining the club and eight departing.

The new signings appeared to settle quickly following their impressive victory at the start of the month, and the extended rest means the Queensland side have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Newcastle Jets possible starting lineup:
Duncan; Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Jackson; O'Toole, Ugarkovic, Petratos, Thurgate; Najjarine, O'Donovan, Yuel

Brisbane Roar possible starting lineup:
Young; Brown, Gillesphey, Aldred, Hingert; Akbari, O'Shea, Danzaki; Champness, McDonald, Wenzel-Halls

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We say: Newcastle Jets 1-1 Brisbane Roar

Although the Jets have made a poor start to the new campaign, they have only been losing by narrow margins, and the rotten run has to end somewhere. Brisbane's momentum may have been lost by the enforced layoff, which means a draw could be on the cards.

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Our expert tipster partners at are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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