Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets

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Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets face off in what promises to be an entertaining match as we head into a crucial stage of the 2021/22 A-League Men’s season.

Roar will host the Jets at Daily Moreton Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what is a game that both sides cannot afford to lose.

In their most recent encounter, the Jets hosted the Roar and came away with the three points so Brisbane will be looking to return the favour this time around.

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Having a look beyond their most recent encounter, the Roar historically seem to have the upper hand when these two sides face off.

If we have a look at their last six match-ups, dating back to 2019, the Roar have won three, the Jets have won just one, and the other two have resulted in draws.

Now let’s have a look at the current season…

Newcastle Jets

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Coming away with only one point after facing bottom of the table Perth Glory, the Jets will be hungry for a win.

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The Jets have been average this campaign, but there has been a slight improvement compared to last season when they finished second last.

Out of 18 games, six wins, four draws and eight losses, make up the Jets’ record for this current season and they currently sit ninth on the ALM table.

From this, we can decipher that the Jets aren’t underperforming or exceeding expectations either. Just your typical mid-table team.

Considering the fact that the Jets currently sit one win away from a finals position on the table, there is enough motivation for theM to bring their best to the sunshine state on Sunday.

Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane Roar sit second last on the table and believe it or not, do still have a chance of making the finals.

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That chance is hanging on by a thread since it looks like they need to win almost every one of their games for the rest of the season to have a shot at qualifying for finals.

If Brisbane lose to the Jets this Sunday, it might not be too early to say they’re not making finals this year.

The Roar are heavily underperforming, and are in the midst of a disappointing season after finishing as fourth last year.

Although the Roar perform solidly throughout their games, they haven’t been able to get good results all season long.

But, Brisbane love an underdog story, and if anyone can revive a depressing season, it will be them.

Brisbane will not only be hungry to win the game, but they’ll be desperate. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday, there is no doubt that the Roar will be looking to inflict their pain onto someone.

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Prediction

No matter the result, the game will be entertaining, as both teams will be fighting desperately to keep their seasons alive.

But given the two sides’ most recent games, Brisbane will look to bounce back from a humiliating defeat and keep their finals hopes alive, and it’s a shame that the Jets are in the way.

It seems like Brisbane will benefit with three points from this match-up.

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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