Preview: Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers

The Jets and the Wanderers will be looking to refocus after Christmas Day for what is a real Westfield W-League six-pointer.

With the halfway mark of the season just gone, both teams desperately need three points from this one if they are to stay in touch with a semi-final spot.

Both sides sit on seven points in mid-table, five points off fourth-place.

The Wanderers, of course, are coming off one of the great results in Westfield W-League history – a 2-1 comeback win over champions Melbourne City.

The Sydney side are, with the exception of veteran wide midfielder Jo Burgess, at full strength.

Their American trio have really come into their own in recent weeks, and will be a key factor if the Wanderers are to make it two wins on the trot.

This fixture is one of the few in which the Wanderers have a positive record – they have won three of the five previous meetings.

The Jets, for their part, have a modest record on the wide open spaces of the city’s main stadium. The desperately need to change that record, starting with Boxing Day.

Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers
Monday 26 December 2016
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-Off: 3:05PM (Local)

Referee: Lara Lee
Assistant Referee 1: Avrol Beecham
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, 10. Rhali DOBSON 13. Grace MACINTYRE, 14. Brooke MILLER, 16. Liana DANASKOS, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ashlee BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COELHO (gk) **one to be omitted**

Ins: 10. Rhali DOBSON (promoted), 14. Brooke MILLER (promoted), 16. Liana DANASKOS (promoted)

Outs: 11. Tara PENDER (not selected), 15. Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN (not selected)

Unavailable: Chloe Logarzo (ankle - 4 weeks)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC Squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER (c), 3.Nikola ORGILL, 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 5.Helen PETINOS, 6.Kendall FLETCHER, 7.Sarah YATIM, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Paige NIELSON, 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA, 14.Alex ARLITT, 15.Ellie CARPENTER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 17.Alyssa ROSE, 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 22.Casey DUMONT (gk) **two to be omitted**

Ins: 12. Rachel LOWE (promoted), 14.Alix ARLITT (promoted), 17.Alyssa ROSE (promoted)

Outs: 3.Nikola ORGILL (not selected)

Unavailable: 23.Joey BURGESS (calf injury – 1 week)