Preview: Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets

It is almost a case of last-chance saloon for both Adelaide United and Newcastle United in this crucial contest in Adelaide on Thursday.

It may sound dramatic but, with some tough opponents to come over the coming month, this is a match both sides will have circled as a three-pointer.

Newcastle sit five points off fourth, while bottom-placed Adelaide are a further five points away though with a match in hand.

Adelaide boast a relatively solid record of four wins and seven defeats against the Jets. Indeed their club record winning margin (5-1) came in Newcastle when the pair last met.

United have struggled with injury this season, but there is a boost this week with the expected return of experienced forward Racheal Quigley and young gun Alex Chidiac, while Brazil international Monica is back after helping her nation win the annual four-nation Manaus tournament on home soil.

The Jets, for their part, must make do without American import Arin Gilliland for a second match due to injury.

The Jets endued a disappointing Christmas outing with a 2-1 home loss against Western Sydney Wanderers on Boxing Day, while United are taking the field since a hefty 4-1 home loss against high-flying Perth Glory on December 17.

Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Thursday 29 December 2016
Venue: Elite Systems Football Centre
Kick-Off: 7:00PM (Local) (7:30PM (AEDT))

Referee: Kate Jacewicz
Assistant Referee 1: Aaron Galanti
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Kite
Fourth Official: Maddison Kennedy

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Adelaide United squad: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND, 3.Georgia IANNELLA, 4.Emily HODGSON, 5.MÔNICA, 6.Ally LADAS, 7.Stella RIGON (c), 10.Racheal QUIGLEY, 11.Sofia HUERTA, 12.Adriana JONES, 14.Grace ABBEY, 15.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 18.Isabella SCALZI, 20.Sarah WILLACY (gk), 24.Danielle COLAPRICO, 25.Katie NAUGHTON, 30.Alex CHIDIAC **two to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND (promoted), 5.MÔNICA (returns from international duty), 10.Racheal QUIGLEY (returns from injury), 30.Alex CHIDIAC (returns from injury)

Outs: 9.Marijana RAJCIC (not selected), 17.Dragana KLJAJIC (not selected)

Unavailable: 8.Emily CONDON (illness)

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Katelyn ROWLAND (gk), 2.Sophie NENADOVIC, 4.Megan OYSTER, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON (c), 9.Jennifer HOY, 10.Rhali DOBSON, 11.Tara PENDER, 13.Grace MACINTYRE, 14.Brooke MILLER, 16.Liana DANASKOS, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ashlee BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COELHO (gk)

Ins: 11.Tara PENDER (promoted)

Outs: 8.Emma STANBURY (not selected)

Unavailable: 5.Arin Gilliland (Corked quad – 1 week), Chloe Logarzo (ankle - 4 weeks), 15.Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN (Quad – 1 week)