Friday’s A-League 2017 Round 20 match is between Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:57 AEST time with the game to be played at Coopers Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets.
Adelaide’s terrible season was summed up by La Rocca’s incredible headed own goal which most strikers would have been proud of.
That goal started a downward spiral and Amor’s team were on the end of a 5-0 thrashing.
The Reds were forced to play many youngsters and that lack of experience was evident but despite the huge scoreline, there were also some good signs.
Adelaide created plenty of chances themselves and it was only a combination of poor finishing and bad luck that prevented them from scoring a goal or two.
Their poor results have meant there is now plenty of speculation surrounding Amor’s contract situation.
It’s not an easy decision after the Spaniard led the Reds to the title last year but seems to be unable to revive the team this campaign.
There comes a point when a change is needed but I would wait and see how the new signings integrate and access the start of the ACL campaign to see if things improve.
It seems that the club is of the same opinion and plan to be patient.
It’s a short turnaround for Jets who took on Victory on Monday night with the match ending 0-0.
Newcastle had the better chances and will be disappointed they didn’t grab all three points.
They pressed well and often caught Victory with quick transition but were let down by the final ball, poor finishing and good goal-keeping.
The Jets have steadily improved throughout the season but there are now a few teams fighting for a top six spot so they can’t afford any slip up against the wounded champions.
They were solid at the back which was a big bonus for Mark Jones and only restricted Melbourne to a few chances.
KEY BATTLE: Isaias v Andrew Hoole
The Reds desperately need the Spaniard to steady the ship after their key man was missing against Perth due to suspension.
Hoole was unlucky not to have scored against Victory but has been impressive up front for the Jets and has five goals to his name.
Adelaide at $2.35
Draw at $3.60
Newcastle at $2.90
Tip: Adelaide United at $2.10
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: A Trimboli at $10.00
Correct Score: Adelaide United 2-0 at $12.00
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.Jae-sung KIM, 8.ISAÌAS, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 13.Marc MARINO, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (gk).
Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Aleksandr KOKKO, 10.Wayne BROWN, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nicholas COWBURN, 18.MA Leilei, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND, 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Devante CLUT, 28.John KOUTROUMBIS, 29.Joel ALLWRIGHT, 50.Tomislav ARCABA (gk).
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Wests Tigers v North Queensland, Friday, 7pm (AEDT) at Campbelltown Stadium
* Paul Green hasn’t named Kalyn Ponga but Kyle Feldt and Antonio Winterstein will have to perform to retain their spot for the Cowboys.
* With Matt Ballin (knee) missing, Matt McIlwrick will assume the Tigers’ hooking role. Also keep an eye on youngster Moses Suli.
Canterbury v Melbourne, Saturday, 4.30pm (AEDT) at North Hobart Oval
* Kerrod Holland and Brenko Lee look set to start in the Dogs’ back line this year but Marcelo Montoya has been named on the bench.
* With no Billy Slater, Young Tonumaipea starts at fullback for the Storm. Curtis Scott, who has been named in the centres, is tipped for a boom year.
Manly v Sydney Roosters, Saturday, 6.30pm (AEDT) at Central Coast Stadium
* With Brett Stewart, Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai retired, Jono Wright and Akuila Uate come into the Manly backline.
* Latrell Mitchell switches to the Roosters centres, Michael Gordon will start No.1 at while Blake Ferguson makes his expected move to the centres.
Penrith v Parramatta, Saturday, 7.10pm (AEDT) at Pepper Stadium
* With Dallin Watene-Zelezniak expected to miss the start of the Panthers’ season, Tyrone Peachey comes in at centre. Te Maire Martin will start at No.6, pushing Bryce Cartwright to lock.
* Semi Radradra makes his return to the pitch for the Eels after a tumultuous off-season. Corey Norman (hamstring) is out with Troy Dargan in his place.
Canberra v Newcastle, Saturday, 7.30pm (AEDT) at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan.
* This is journeyman Dave Taylor’s last chance to prove to the Raiders he is deserving of a contract. Big things are expected of centre Nick Cotric.
* Unheralded rookie Dylan Phythian has seemingly sewn up the Knights’ No.1 spot while Brock Lamb will have first shot at the No.6 jumper.
Warriors v Gold Coast, Sunday, noon (AEDT) at Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
* With Kieran Foran not yet allowed to play, Ata Hingano is set to start the first two games of the year at No.6 for the Warriors.
* We will get our first look at the fancied Ash Taylor-Kane Elgey halves partnership for the Titans.
South Sydney v St George-Illawarra, Sunday, 4pm (AEDT) at ANZ Stadium
* Monster centre Siosifa Talakai gets a starting spot for the Rabbitohs while Alex Johnston gets the nod at No.1 with Greg Inglis missing. All eyes, of course, will be on new boy Robbie Farah.
* Josh McCrone and Jai Field are both vying for a halves spot at the Dragons.