Match preview: Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United
The bye could not have come at a better time for Newcastle Jets as they now host an Adelaide United side back in the winners' circle and within a point of the Westfield W-League summit.
Craig Deans’ side haven’t experienced a win since their 1-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers on November 24, yet they are still remarkably well and truly in the hunt for a top-four finish.
The bye will have served Newcastle well, particularly off the back of a 2-2 draw against Perth Glory where Newcastle Played with 10 women for over an hour after Larissa Crummer received a straight red card.
On the contrary, Adelaide United bounced back from their 5-2 loss to Sydney FC in the best possible way. The Reds came out blazing and raced ahead to a 3-0 lead against Melbourne Victory, holding on in the end at 3-2.
Off the back of Adelaide’s stoic defence and seemingly sparse attack in the opening few rounds, questions were asked about the Reds’ ability to unlock defences.
However, nine rounds later, and with the likes of Michelle Heyman and Veronica Latsko finding their form, it’s abundantly clear Adelaide do not struggle to find the back of the net.
Latsko has been particularly impressive, bagging seven goals and an assist in seven games.
Sunday afternoon’s clash is will be broadcast on both FOX SPORTS and SBS VICELAND, so you best find yourself a screen — or, better yet, head to McDonald Jones Stadium!
Ins and Outs
Newcastle Jets FC squad: 2.Hannah BREWER, 4.Libby COPUS-BROWN, 5.Arin WRIGHT, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Cortnee VINE, 12.Tara ANDREWS, 15.Renee POUNTNEY, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Pana PETRATOS, 20.Claire COELHO (gk), 25.Teigan COLLISTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Tara ANDREWS (return from injury), 15.Renee POUNTNEY (promoted), 19.Pana PETRATOS (promoted)
Outs: 14.Taylor Smith (knee - indefinite), 22.Larissa Crummer (suspension - 1 week)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Sarah WILLACY(gk), 2.Emily HODGSON, 3.Charlotte GRANT, 4.Georgia IANNELLA, 5.Gunnhildur JONSDOTTIR, 6.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 7.Isabel HODGSON, 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), 22.Amber BROOKS, 23.Michelle HEYMAN
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Georgia IANNELLA (promoted), 17.Kahlia HOGG (promoted)
Unavailable: 10.Chelsie DAWBER (shin), 14.Grace ABBEY (knee), 18.Meleri MULLAN (knee)
How to watch
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to catch this clash, with kick-off at 4:30pm AEDT. Alternatively, you can watch the match live and free-to-air on SBS VICELAND. You can also stream the match live 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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