Sunday’s A-League 2016 Round 1 match is between Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United. The opening kick off is set to commence at 17:00 local time with the game to be played at Hunter Stadium. The home team Adelaide United are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United.
An off season exodus of players will see defending champions Adelaide Reds start the season with a vastly different line-up. Only time will tell if they can be the same force without Bruce Djite, Pablo Sanchez, Bruce Kamau, Stefan Mauk and Craig Goodwin. Reds coach Guillermo Amor has added Spanish striker Sergi Guardiola, winger Ryan Kitto and former Roar goal poacher Henrique. Argentine midfielder Marcelo Carrusca will not start in the opener due to injury. Blacktown City winger Danny Choi, has been brought in as a short term replacement. The Jets went through some turmoil in the off-season and only recently appointed new coach Mark Jones. The Novocastrian has his work cut out, but new recruits, midfielder Wayne Brown and striker Alex Koko have had a solid pre-season and should help the Jets improve in front of goal.
Sportsbet odds: Newcastle $3.40, Adelaide $2.00, draw $3.50.
Title: Newcastle: ($26), Adelaide ($10).
Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Aleksandr KOKKO, 10.Wayne BROWN, 11.Labinot HALITI, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nicholas COWBURN, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND, 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Devante CLUT, 30.Pierce CLARK (gk)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (c) (gk), 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 7.HENRIQUE, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergi GUARDIOLA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 13.Marc MARINO, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ryan KITTO, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 25.James HOLLAND