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16 Mar 2018 by TSZ

A-League In Focus – Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets Preview

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When? Saturday 17th March, 06:35 (UK)

Where? Westpac Stadium

What channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Are tickets still available?

Wellington Phoenix & Newcastle Jets - https://m.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/24005393931B13B6

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Wellington Phoenix W3, Newcastle Jets W1, D1
A-League meetings: Wellington Phoenix W17, Newcastle Jets W10, D6

WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Predicted line-up: Velaphi; Galloway, Fox, Durante, Cacace, Doyle; Burns, Paracki, Ridenton, Singh; Krishna

Unavailable: Mullen (Injured), Lowry (Injured), Patterson (Out of favour)

Doubtful:

NEWCASTLE JETS

Predicted line-up: Duncan; Hoffman, Jackson, Topor-Stanley, Georgievski; Ugarkovic, Kantarovski; McGree, D. Petratos, Champness; Rodriguez

Unavailable: O'Donovan (Suspended), Boogaard (Injured), Vujica (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
Newcastle Jets have cut the gap at the top of the table to eight points after beating table-toppers Sydney FC last time out, and they will look to try and further erode that margin when they make the cross-Tasman journey to Wellington to face the Phoenix this weekend.

Wellington are cast adrift at the bottom after losing five of their last six matches, so a play-off berth looks highly unlikely and would be almost mathematically impossible should they lose to the Jets, an outcome that seems incredibly likely.

MEMORABLE MEETING
March 2017 paired the two sides together at the Westpac Stadium and it was a game that saw the home side run riot. The New Zealanders grounded the Jets after an impressive 5-0 win, and it certainly was a team effort as there were five different scorers for the Phoenix in what was a memorable win.


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