Match preview: Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets

It's approaching now or never for Adelaide United - the Reds must take maximum points at home to Newcastle Jets this weekend to keep their slim Premiership hopes alive.

Of course, a more realistic target is to finish in the top four, but Adelaide know that a defeat to the visiting Jets could spell the end of those aspirations.

For so long, Adelaide led the Westfield W-League and looked a near-certainty to enter a maiden Finals Series with a full head of steam.


But now, Ivan Karlovic's side could miss the top four despite registering their best ever points tally of the season.

They'll be desperate to respond at home to a disappointing 4-1 loss to cellar-dwellers Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 13.

While Adelaide have everything to play for, Newcastle arrive in the City of Churches with their Finals Series chances over.

A 3-2 loss to the Reds earlier in the season, in which Adelaide staged a stunning late comeback, will be more than enough motivation for the Jets as they seek to end the penultimate round of the campaign on a high.

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Ins and outs

Adelaide United squad: 1.Sarah WILLACY(gk), 2.Emily HODGSON, 3.Charlotte GRANT, 4.Georgia IANNELLA, 5.Gunnhildur JONSDOTTIR, 6.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 8.Emily CONDON, 9.Fanndis FRIDRIKSDOTTIR, 11.Laura JOHNS, 12.Veronica LATSKO, 15.Emma CHECKER (c), 16.Dylan HOLMES, 17.Kahlia HOGG, 20.Sian McLAREN (gk), 21.Lara KIRKBY, 22.Amber BROOKS, 23.Michelle HEYMAN  **two to be omitted**

 Ins: 5.Gunnhildur JONSDOTTIR (returns from international duty), 9.Fanndis FRIDRIKSDOTTIR (returns from international duty), 17.Kahlia HOGG (promoted)
Outs: 7.Isabel HODGSON (not selected)
Unavailable: 10.Chelsie DAWBER (shin), 14.Grace ABBEY (knee), 18.Meleri MULLAN (knee)

Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Hannah BREWER, 4.Libby COPUS-BROWN, 5.Arin WRIGHT, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 12.Tara ANDREWS, 15.Renee POUNTNEY, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Pana PETRATOS, 20.Claire COELHO (gk), 22.Larissa CRUMMER, 25.Teigan COLLISTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk), 32.Tessa TAMPLIN

Ins: 8.Sophie NENADOVIC (promoted), 15.Renee POUNTNEY (promoted)
Outs: 7.Gema SIMON (ankle - 2 weeks), 11.Cortnee VINE (illness - 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 7.Gema SIMON (ankle - 2 weeks), 9.Katie STENGEL (foot - 2 weeks), 11.Cortnee VINE (illness - 2 weeks), 10.Emily VAN EGMOND (ankle - 4 weeks), 14.Taylor SMITH (knee - indefinite)

How to watch

Stream the match live from 7.30pm (AEDT) this Friday on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers. For viewers outside Australia and New Zealand without a broadcasting rights holder, you can watch games on the My Football Youtube channel.

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