Much is up for grabs on Sunday as Newcastle Jets host leaders Sydney FC in this weekend’s Fox Sports/ABC TV match.
Newcastle might sit in fifth, but they are just three points behind the competition frontrunners. In that context, this match is a real six-pointer for the Jets. When the Jets took the field a fortnight ago at home in front of the TV cameras for the visit of Perth Glory they drew a club record crowd, and the visit of Sydney FC should be another attractive option for the local supporters.
There was, however, bad news to come out of that match two weeks ago with goalkeeper Kelsey Wys suffering a season knee-ending injury, leaving the door open for Claire Coelho and Katelyn Rowland now vying for the No.1 jersey. The Jets will be seeking to break a drought having not defeated the Sky Blues at home since 2008, and with an overall record of just three wins from 15 outings.
The Sky Blues head to Newcastle without newly-crowned Asian Player of the Year Caitlin Foord, who went off with a bruised foot in last week’s 2-0 win over Adelaide United. There is, however, good news with the expected return of Westfield Matildas pair Servet Uzunlar and Kyah Simon.
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC
Sunday 4 December 2016
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-Off: 2:30PM (Local) (2:30PM (AEDT))
Referee: Kelly Jones
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 2.00pm (AEDT) and ABC TV from 2.00pm (AEDT)
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Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Katelyn ROWLAND (gk), 2.Sophie NENADOVIC, 3.Elizabeth O'REILLY, 4.Megan OYSTER, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON (c), 8.Emma STANBURY, 9.Jennifer HOY, 10.Rhali DOBSON, 13.Grace MACINTYRE, 14.Brooke MILLER, 15.Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ashlee BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COELHO (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Katelyn ROWLAND (gk) (new signing), 14.Brooke MILLER (promoted), 15.Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN (promoted)
Outs: 25.Annalee GROVE (gk) (not selected)
Unavailable: Chloe LOGARZO (ankle – 7 weeks)
Sydney FC squad: 1.Sham KHAMIS (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Remy SIEMSEN, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 5.Gabrielle MARZANO, 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Nicola BOLGER, 11.Natalie TOBIN, 12.Olivia PRICE, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 16.Hannah BACON, 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk), 17.Kyah SIMON, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBINI **one to be omitted**
Ins: 6.Servet UZUNLAR (return from injury), 17.Kyah SIMON (return from injury)
Outs: 9.Caitlin FOORD (foot – 1 week)