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Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets
Saturday 9th January 2016, 2pm
The only match to take place on Saturday in Round 13 of the Westfield W-League sees the Newcastle Jets travel to ANZ Stadium to challenge Sydney FC.
The Sky Blues and the Novocastrians are two of six sides set to compete for the final two Semi Final positions over the last two rounds, however Sydney are a clear favourite.
They have won five matches this year, drawn one and lost four on their way to sixteen competition points leaving them in third position going into the second last Round.
They sit four points ahead of the three sides below them; the fourth placed Adelaide, fifth placed Newcastle, and sixth placed Brisbane, who each share twelve points.
The Jets have won three matches, drawn three and lost four. Their goal difference is minus one; the reason they trail the Lady Reds whose goal difference is currently even.
The Jets were left frustrated last weekend as they dominated the opening half of their Round 12 match against the last placed Melbourne Victory at Hunter Stadium, yet could not convert chances into goals in a match they eventually lost 1-0.
Lack of goals and missed chances have been the main problem for the Jets throughout their 2015/2016 campaign. Apart from their 4-0 demolition of Brisbane back in Round 7, they have not scored more than one goal in a single game. T
This is the first time these two sides have met this season. Both sides will leave it all on the pitch in what is arguably the most crucial game of their seasons respectively.
A loss this weekend for the Jets could see the team needing a large win in the final round as well as depending on other teams results, therefore it is crucial for them to win on Saturday. Whilst a loss for Sydney would almost certainly see them needing to become the first side to defeat Melbourne City in the final round to make finals.
In the final two Rounds the two sides who will miss action due to Byes are the first placed Melbourne City (Round 13) and the last placed Melbourne Victory (Round 14), so all of the teams in contention for the remaining two finals spots will be in action making every game a must win fixture.
This is the first match of an exciting double header, as Sydney FC host Newcastle in the A-League at ANZ Stadium following the W-League fixture.