Jets and Roar desperately need three points for very different reasons

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An inconsistent Brisbane Roar faces the bottom-dwelling Newcastle Jets on Friday with the importance of securing those three points on their minds in the race to finals.

Both teams are coming off the bat of a losing run and will fight to secure the points for different reasons.

The Jets are hosting again at McDonald Jones Stadium and are desperate to break their 13 match winless streak.

They sit behind Melbourne Victory on the ladder by one point and a win keeps them further away from the wooden spoon.

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Meanwhile, the away side need to shatter their unsuccessful three game stint and deliver a winning performance to build their momentum for the top spot. 

Although Roar still have a game in hand, they are four points away from fourth position and need to pull out all stops before encountering first placed Melbourne City next round. 

Despite the Jets’ current runt, there are various positives to take away from their last few matches that could see them turn the tides. 

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So far they have proven to hold their own against Sydney FC in a 1-1 draw while their narrow loss to Central Coast Mariners last round came down to a questionable penalty.

Additionally, spirits are high with the squad’s youth after Luka Prso, Ramy Najjarine and Connor O’Toole were announced in the Australian U23s squad. 

Roar have the makings of becoming a finalist team. Despite their lacklustre results, if they can consistently hold their end of season form there is no doubt they can sneak into the fourth slot. 

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Roar’s key to victory will be in Dylan Wenzel-Halls’ confidence. The 23-year-old reigns as the club’s leading goal scorer but has not made the scorecard in seven games.

A well rounded unit including Riku Danzaki and Macaulay Gillesphey could see a few balls netted this weekend.

Both teams will be digging deep to secure as many points as possible in the backend of their campaigns.

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Brisbane could take the victory if they force Newcastle’s errors and utilise their season’s mishaps to their advantage. 

The Jets need to muster as much determination from the F3 Derby loss if they hope to claim the win. They need to remain focused and disciplined in their defensive half. 

The rally will kick-off at 7.05pm in Newcastle and is expected to be another close game.

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Jemma Pepper
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2020/21 season. Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Germany) at the University of Technology Sydney. Seven days without playing football can make one weak!

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