Saturday’s A-League 2017 Round 19 match is between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory. The opening kick off is set to commence at 17:42 AEST time with the game to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory.
Defensive errors proved costly for the Jets which coach Mark Jones highlighted after their loss away to Perth
Diego Castro was on fire and Newcastle found it hard to deal with him and paid the price.
The good news is that the Jets scored another two goals and created more chances which has been a positive for the side in recent weeks.
They have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four home games which is another good omen.
The Jets have a very good home record against Victory, having lost only one of their last nine home games played, with four wins and four draws.
But it was a 1-0 loss in their most recent home fixture against Melbourne that broke an eight-game undefeated streak.
Victory rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win a highly entertaining Melbourne derby. Berisha missed his third penalty for the season to put Kevin Muscat’s side ahead and City punished them.
But in true Berisha style, he came back to grab the equaliser and was also involved in the controversial winner which was deflected into his own net by Socceroo Ivan Franjic.
Melbourne were coming off the back of three straight losses so it was even more impressive that they were able to fight back from a goal down and get the win.
Berisha showed his emotions and was in tears after the penalty miss but he and his teammates rallied back and showed why they are the biggest threat to Sydney FC this season.
KEY BATTLE: Andrew Hoole v Marco Rojas
Hoole has been in great form with five goals this season but has recorded 39 successful crosses and corners as well, more than any other player in the competition.
Marco Rojas again showed his class, gifting Berisha his goal. And having scored six goals and provided three assists in his last four games against the Jets, he will again be the one to watch.
Although Victory don’t like travelling to Newcastle, this will be a different story. They’re on a high after the derby win and will want to build momentum leading into the finals.
Newcastle at $3.90
Draw at $3.80
Melbourne Victory at $1.90
Tip: Melbourne Victory at $1.91
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: M Rojas at $6.50
Correct Score: Melbourne Victory 3-0 at $15.00
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, 12.Harrison SAWYER, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nicholas COWBURN, 18.MA Leilei, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND, 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Devante CLUT, 28.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 50.Tomislav ARCABA (gk).
Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk).
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Hawk Shiels learning AFL leadership ropes
Hawthorn’s Liam Shiels is regarded by good judges as an AFL captain-in-waiting, but the triple-premiership midfielder is content to continue his apprenticeship for now.
With the departures of respected leaders Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis in the off-season, Shiels and Isaac Smith were made vice-captains behind new skipper Jarryd Roughead.
Shiels has previously been touted as a future captain of the club, notably by Hawthorn champion Jason Dunstall.
The 25-year-old doesn’t shy away from those aspirations, but knows he still has plenty of work ahead of him.
“This is my first year as vice-captain and I still know I’ve got a lot to learn,” Shiels said.
“The lucky position that I’m in is I’m still learning from guys like Luke Hodge, Jarryd Roughead and Josh Gibson.
“I’m in a fortunate position but I haven’t really thought too much about captaincy.”
Roughead, 30, succeeded triple-premiership skipper Hodge after missing all of the 2016 season as he battled melanoma.
“Roughie has been fantastic … he’s an amazing character,” Shiels said.
“Even through his illness last year he was at the club most days giving feedback, siting through meetings and playing basketball with the boys.
“For him to step up as captain is a great story and is really inspirational.”
After an off-season of significant change, Shiels admits there is a different feel around the club entering the 2017 season, but that doesn’t mean expectations are lower.
“Our mantra for probably the past five years now has been to finish top four to give ourselves the best chance to do some damage in September, that stays the same,” he said.
“Losing those guys does give the young guys the chance to step up … there’s spots up for grabs, so the energy at training has been fantastic.
“We’ve got great young players coming through, we’ve always had great depth, so that’s probably our greatest strength.
“We’ve obviously picked up a few new guys as well so I think we’re set for a great year.”
Jaeger O’Meara, Tom Mitchell and Ty Vickery were key acquisitions for the Hawks after they were bundled out of last year’s finals series in straight sets.