Preview: Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets

Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets will be anxious to enter the winners’ circle, with both entering this match still without a victory.

The Victory have suffered consecutive 2-1 defeats, with luck certainly not on their side. The Jets, for their part, have played just the one match securing a credible scoreless draw at Perth Glory. Nevertheless both will be wary of being left behind by the competition frontrunners and will have earmarked this one as a possible three-pointer.

Both sides have two players returning from international duty. Arguably, it is the Victory who need their international reinforcements the most. Hayley Raso returns from Westfield Matildas duty in China, while the highly influential Christie Nairn was with the USA squad for their two-match series against Brazil.

The Jets welcome back Westfield Matildas’ newbies Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Tara Andrews, with both youngsters no doubt invigorated by their national team experiences.

Melbourne boast a dominate 8-1 win-loss record against the Jets, having never been defeated on home soil. Can the Jets’ class of 2015 change that statistic?

Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 31 October 2015
ABD Stadium, Broadmeadows, Melbourne
Local kick-off: 3pm

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Melbourne Victory squad: Melissa Barbieri, Annabel Martin, Thea Slatyer, Jessica Pitts, Alexandra Natoli, Enza Barilla, Jamie Pollock, Christine Nairn, Hayley Raso, MelindaJ Barbieri, Briar Palmer, Melissa Taranto, Cindy Lay, Laura Spiranovic, Cassandra Dimovski (gk)

Ins: Hayley Raso (returns from Westfield Matildas duty), Christine Nairn (returns from USA international duty), Cindy Lay (new player)

Outs: Adriana Taranto (injury), Whitney Knight (omitted), Brooke Elby (replacement player period expired)

Unavailable: Gulcan Koca (injured), Selin Kuralay (knee – season)

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Hannah Southwell (gk), 2. Sophie Nenadovic, 3. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 4. Megan Oyster, 5.Caprice Dydasco, 6.Cassidy Davis, 7.Gema Simon (C), 8. Kobie Ferguson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Rhali Dobson, 12.Chloe Logarzo, 17. Jenna Kingsley, 18. Claire Wheeler, 19. Hannah Bromley, 20. Claire Coelho (gk)

Ins: Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Tara Andrews (both return from Westfield Matildas duty)

Outs: Ashley Brodigan, Adriana Jones (both omitted)

Unavailable: none