Perth Glory FC will be looking to secure another three points and move up the Hyundai A-League table, when it clashes against cellar dwellers Newcastle Jets on Easter Monday.
While the club has been called on to respond to further queries from the Football Federation of Australia over its salary cap, the team is firmly focused on what lies ahead this long weekend.
After a five goal haul in the AFC U-23 qualifiers, Jamie Maclaren, is in scintillating form and has been added to the squad.
Maclaren scored a brace in the dying minutes of the first match against the Jets back in November to help Glory win 2-1.
A month later, Perth recorded a 2-0 Victory over Newcastle at home.
But at this stage of the season Coach Kenny Lowe has warned previous results, don’t apply.
“We’re not focusing on ancient history so to speak. They’re a team with nothing to lose and will be dangerous and playing hard to end their season on a high” Lowe said.
“We can only focus on our own abilities and on those elements that we can control. If we do that, then we should come out the other end with a good result”.
According to FOX SPORTS LAB this weekend’s clash will be the 30th match between the two sides since the A-League began.
Glory has won 17 of those and has scored 53 goals against the Hunter Valley outfit- the most against any of their opponents.
Glory’s seven wins at Hunter Stadium is also the most outside of Perth, and the West Australians have been undefeated in the four past trip to Newcastle
Perth’s player to watch will be dead ball specialist Nebojsa Marinkovic, who leads the league in goal assists and has scored four goals outside the penalty box- the most in the league.
A win against the Jets and Glory will be flying high, in the race to the premier’s plate.
Hyundai A-League Fact #1
Perth Glory's unbeaten run against Newcastle is currently at 10 games
Hyundai A-League Fact #2
Newcastle Jets have lost their last four league games against the Glory- they've never lost five consecutive games against them
Hyundai A-League Fact #3
The Jets have only won once at home this season
Hyundai A-League Fact #4
Perth is the only team not to have conceded in the opening 10 mins
Monday, 6 April 2015
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-Off: 5:00 PM (Local) (3pm WST)
Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: Lance Greenshields
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas
TV Broadcast: Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app.
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Newcastle Jets squad: 3.Taylor REGAN (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7.Enver ALIVODIĆ, 8.Zenon CARAVELLA, 11.Andrew HOOLE, 12.Sam GALLAGHER, 13.Edson MONTAÑO, 16.Jacob PEPPER, 18.Allan WELSH, 19.Mitch COOPER, 20.Ben KENNEDY (Gk), 21.Daniel MULLEN, 22.Lee KI-JE, 26.Nicholas COWBURN, 27.Radovan PAVICEVIC, 29.Michael KANTAROVSKI, 30.John SOLARI (Gk), 31.Max BURGESS
***Two to be omitted***
Ins: 11.Andrew HOOLE (returns from international duty), 18.Allan WELSH (promoted)
Unavailable: 1.Jess VANSTRATTAN (Gk) (knee – indefinite), 2.Scott NEVILLE (groin – 3 weeks), 15.Joshua BARRESI (knee – season), 17.James VIRGILI (ankle – 4 weeks)
Perth Glory FC squad: 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4.Riley WOODCOCK, 5.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH, 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA, 14.Chris Harold, 15.Jamie MACALREN, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE (c), 25.Mitch OXBORROW, 27.Dragan PALJIC, 30.Jordan THURTELL (gk)
***Two to be omitted***
INS: 4.Riley WOODCOCK (promoted), 15.Jamie Maclaren (returns from international duty)
Unavailable: 7.Youssouf HERSI (hamstring-3 weeks)