Saturday’s A-League 2017 Round 14 match is between Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets. The opening kick off is set to commence at 7:30 local time with the game to be played at Suncorp Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets.
Jets silenced the Roar with a hefty 4-0 defeat in their last clash in round 2 but Brisbane went unbeaten until losing to Sydney FC last week.
This will give the Roar players extra motivation to avenge that defeat. Players don’t forget heavy defeats and whenever I was on the receiving end of a big loss, I couldn’t wait to play that side again to do the same.
Roar actually dominated possession and had more shots during that round 2 match but still lost 4-0.
All four of the Jets shots on target were goals so their shot conversion was excellent. But there has been a big improvement in the Roar both at the front and from the back so it will be a different story this time.
The Jets have also improved, but more so in recent weeks, with two wins and a draw in their last four games.
However, Victory put four past the Jets on Monday so defensively they were badly exposed. But they also managed to score two goals in that match so creating chances isn’t a problem.
KEY BATTLE: Thomas Broich v Morten Nordstrand
The German and the Dane is a great match-up with Broich coming back into top form in recent weeks.
His assist for Corey Brown against the Wanderers in round 12 was sublime and he has led the Roar with some outstanding performances.
Nordstand’s experience has helped the Jets climb back into contention for a top 6 spot but it’ll be hard to stop the German in this one.
Brisbane at $1.60
Draw at $4.25
Newcastle at $5.50
Tip: Draw at $4.25
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: A Brennan at $12.00
Correct Score: Draw 1-1 at $7.50
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 17. Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 25.Kye ROWLES, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO.
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, 30.Pierce CLARK (gk).
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Barty gives Kerber a big Brisbane fright
Comeback kid Ash Barty showed there was plenty of life in her second tennis coming on Wednesday night as she delivered a major scare to Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber at the Brisbane International.
The German world No.1 was forced to dig deep to survive a second-round fright at Pat Rafter Arena, eventually winning 6-3 2-6 6-3 in one hour 44 minutes, after being on the ropes.
Barty defied her world ranking of 271 to rip through the second set in 33 minutes and have all the momentum in front of a raucous crowd.
A state Twenty20 cricketer just 12 months ago with the Brisbane Heat, she slugged it out with the dual grand slam champion and made her look second-rate in the one-sided second set.
But Kerber lifted in the decider, breaking the local favourite immediately and then keeping her foot on the throat to book a quarter-final encounter with sixth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
While disappointed at the result but pleased with her display, Barty promises to propel herself back into the top 100, and lower, in quick time with her freewheeling style of play.
She hit winners from all parts of the court and it was just her consistency which let herself down at times during the first and third sets, as well as Kerber’s superior movement.
The 2011 Wimbledon junior champion only returned to the sport last autumn after a two-year break as she fought loneliness and depression as a teenager on the tour.
Rediscovering her love of the game under new coach Craig Tyzzer has put the 20-year-old back on the path to being one of the country’s best players on the WTA.
Doubles partner Casey Dellacqua rated Barty the most talented Australian woman to emerge in the past decade and on her Brisbane form she showed she can also do damage as a wildcard at the Australian Open in less than a fortnight.