Preview: Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory

It is a crucial match-up in Newcastle on Friday evening as the Jets host struggling Melbourne Victory with both sides desperate for three points.

The Westfield W-League reaches the halfway point this round meaning there is increasingly less scope for error. The Jets are only four points off a finals position, but they can ill-afford to drop more points here with five in-form teams above them.

It is quite a different scenario for the bottom-placed Victory who are in danger of losing touch altogether. The Victory have had no luck this season, not only enduring a run of injuries, but last weekend they were seconds away from their first win of the season only for the Wanderers to equalise. A win here could, however, see the Melburnians start to build momentum.

Until two seasons ago, the Jets had never beaten their rivals in eight attempts. Now they have won three of the last five, including a remarkable 4-0 victory in Melbourne earlier this season.

This match is part of a double-header with the Hyundai A-League contest between the Jets and Adelaide United to follow.

Friday 16 December 2016
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-Off: 5:20PM (Local) (5:20PM (AEDT))

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Ho
Assistant Referee 2: Ellie Hayes
Fourth Official: Rebecca Davies

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Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Katelyn ROWLAND (gk), 2.Sophie NENADOVIC, 4.Megan OYSTER, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON (c), 8.Emma STANBURY, 9.Jennifer HOY, 11.Tara PENDER, 13.Grace MACINTYRE, 14.Brooke MILLER, 15.Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ashlee BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COELHO (gk) **one to be omitted**

Ins: 8.Emma STANBURY (promoted), 14.Brooke MILLER (promoted)

Outs: 10.Rhali DOBSON (not selected)

Unavailable: Chloe LOGARZO (ankle – 5 weeks)

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Alexandra NATOLI, 3.Alex CHEAL, 5.Alex GUMMER, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Lia PRIVITELLI, 8.Ayesha NORRIE, 9.Natasha DOWIE, 10.Christine NAIRN (c), 11.MelindaJ BARBIERI, 13.Laura SPIRANOVIC, 15.Adriana TARANTO, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17.Gulcan KOCA, 20.Bethany MASON-JONES (gk), 24.Kirsty YALLOP, 25.Kariah WHITE, 30.Emily KENSHOLE (gk) **two to be omitted**

Ins: 8.Ayesha NORRIE (promoted), 16.Samantha JOHNSON (returns from suspension)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 1.Bianca HENNINGER (gk) (knee – 4-6 weeks), 4.Melissa TARANTO (knee – season), 14.Selin KURALAY (knee – season)