With Newcastle only bagging six-points so far this season, Sydney FC appear to be favourites in the W-League/A-League double header at McDonald Jones Stadium today, so far accumlating nine points this season.

The teams have met 15 times in the W-League’s history and the women’s Jets have only managed to one up their rivals three times. At the same time the Sky Blues have bagged three-points an impressive nine times against Newcastle, while the teams have shared the points on just three occasions.

The travelling Sydney side has won three consecutive games so far this season, with two goals seemingly their max. While sitting comfortably in second spot on the W-League ladder the Sky Blues will need to improve their accuracy in front of goal should they harbour title ambitions. Leena Khamis may well be the answer to the two-goals curse and with two goals so far this season will be expected to shine against Newcastle.

Although the Jets women have had a solid backline all season, conceding only one goal up until their 5-2 loss against Canberra last week. The Jets’ defence struggled to stop Michelle Heyman firing off shots last week and will have to take note of the similar speed and skills of Khamis.

Another factor that could play a part in the scoreline is the Jets’ recent loss of Washington Spirit Goalkeeper Kelsey Wys, who tore her ACL against Perth Glory. Wys is replaced by 20-year-old Claire Coelho who suffered at the feet of Canberra’s Heyman last week and will have to demand more from her backline against the Sky Blues. However, Western New York Flash goalkeepr Katelyn Rowland, who was recently signed to replace injured Wys, may yet start betweent the sticks if she can overcome her jetlag in time.

Meanwhile, goal scoring powerhouse Kyah Simon looks set to return for Sydney FC, recovering from a strained hamstring acquired during her team’s warm-up last week against Adelaide United. Simon will be joined by Servet Uzunlar who is also returning from injury, although the Sky Blues have lost the 2016 AFC Player of the Year Caitlin Foord to a foot injury.

A score prediction based on past results and current injuries will see Sydney FC win the game 3-1, with goals from Sky Blues Remy Siemsen and two from Leena Khamis, while Jets US import Jennifer Hoy will score her third girl of the season for the Jets.

Possible Dec 4th Lineups:

Newcastle Jets: 2. NENADOVIC Sophie, 3. O’REILLY Elizabeth, 4. OYSTER Megan, 5. GILLILAN Arin, 6. DAVIS Cassidy, 7. SIMON Gema (C), 8. STANBURY Emma, 9. HOY Jennifer,10. DOBSON Rhali, 17. KINGSLEY Jenna, 20. COELHO Claire (GK)
Substitutes: 13. Grace MACINTRYE, 18. WHEELER Clare, 19. Ashlee BRODIGAN, 25. GROVE Annalee (GK) *** May be added: 1. Katelyn Rowland (GK)

Sydney FC: 1. KHAMIS Shamiran (GK), 2. POLIAS Teresa (C), 3. SIEMSEN Remy, 4. RALSTON Elizabeth, 6. UZUNLAR Servet,  7. BOLGER Nicola, 12. PRICE Olivia, 13. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 17.Kyah SIMON, 19. KHAMIS Leena
Substitutes: 11. TOBIN Natalie, 15. EASTHOPE Sarah (GK), 16. BACON Hannah, 20. IBINI Princess

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