A-League In Focus – Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory Grand Final Preview

When? Saturday 5th May, 10:50 (UK)

Where? McDonald Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

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: Newcastle Jets W2, Melbourne Victory W2, D1
A-League meetings: Newcastle Jets W16, Melbourne Victory W14, D9

NEWCASTLE JETS

Predicted line-up: Moss; Koutroumbis, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Georgievski; Ugarkovic; Hoffman, McGree, Vargas, Rodriguez; O'Donovan

Unavailable: Brown (Injured), Kantarovski (Injured)

Doubtful: Duncan (Injured)

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Predicted line-up: Thomas; Nigro, Deng, Donachie, Broxham; Valeri, Antonis; Barbarouses, Troisi, George; Berisha

Unavailable: Austin (Injured), Williams (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
The culmination of this season’s A-League takes place this weekend as Newcastle Jets play host to Melbourne Victory. The Jets grabbed global attention in their semi-final win over Melbourne City last weekend after Riley McGree’s scorpion kick goal got the home side back in the game.

He may not have scored the winner, but he certainly earned the plaudits as the Jets went on to book their place in the Grand Final, where they would have probably been waiting on Sydney FC to join them after such a dominant regular season campaign.

However, Kevin Muscat’s men had other things in mind as it was they who secured a berth in the championship game thanks to an extra-time win in Sydney. Terry Antonis turned from villain to hero for the Victory in their dramatic semi-final win last weekend.

First, with almost the last kick of normal time, he shanked the ball into his own net to level the game at 2-2 and force extra-time. However, he would go on to redeem himself with four minutes of the additional 30 left, as his fantastic solo run and goal put Victory in the final while stunning Sydney FC.

With no Sydney in the final, it is almost toss-of-a-coin stuff as to who will come out on top. The only thing that could tilt it is home advantage and with the game being played at the McDonald Jones Stadium, the Jets will be favourites to soar to the title.

MEMORABLE MEETING
If the last meeting between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory is anything to go by then it could well prove to be a good omen for this weekend’s Grand Final hosts. Like Saturday, the McDonald Jones Stadium was the setting back in February as Ernie Merrick got the better of his opposite number Kevin Muscat.

Goals from Nigel Boogaard and Riley McGree either side of half-time meant the Jets strolled to a 2-0 victory in front of their own fans, leaving their Melbourne based opponents with a long journey home. Will there be revenge served up on Saturday or will we see more of the same?