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Brisbane Roar vs. Newcastle Jets
2pm (3pm AEST), Sunday 29th November
A.J. Kelly Park, Brisbane
The Newcastle Jets travel to Brisbane this weekend where they will meet the Roar at A.J. Kelly Park on Sunday afternoon in a crucial match for both sides’ Westfield W-League seasons.
The Round Seven opponents have managed to earn six points each from their five matches.
The Jets have won only one match, but have drawn three whilst losing just once, while the Roar have won two and lost three.
The competition is extremely tight at present, with the exception of runaway leaders Melbourne City who cruised past the Roar 4-0 last weekend. Just two points separate the second placed Adelaide United who have eight points, and second last Sydney FC who have six.
The Jets and Roar sit sixth and seventh respectively, and are both also on six points, so this weekend’s clash is a huge opportunity for both sides as a win could see them enter the top four if other results finish in their favour.
The match has been deprived of several superstars due to Matildas duty in South Korea, including Tara Andrews, Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Chloe Logarzo.
Newcastle’s Rhali Dobson is also in serious doubt after hyper extending her ankle in last weekend’s Round 6 draw against Adelaide.
The Roar will be missing Tameka Butt, Katrina Gorry and Clare Polkinghorne, who join the Jets trio in the Australian squad.
Despite this it still promises to be an entertaining affair.
It has been a modest start for the Jets in season 2015/2016. They have scored just three goals from their opening five matches, which is worrying for coach Craig Deans given the number of chances they have created.
A positive however is that they have only conceded three and have kept three clean sheets this season.
This weekend is certainly a must win game for the side in blue and red. In Round Eight they have their second bye then in Round Nine they meet the undefeated Melbourne City. Therefore establishing a platform for this tough fortnight is certainly essential on Sunday afternoon.
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