Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory

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The Newcastle Jets  will be looking to continue their fine early season form when they welcome Melbourne Victory  to Hunter Stadium on Friday night, having won their past two matches. The Jets have improved considerably since going down 2-0 to Adelaide United on the opening weekend of the season, and beat Sydney FC 3-2 away from home before defeating last season’s table toppers Central Coast 2-1  on Saturday afternoon. Marquee signing Emile Heskey  has been a revelation for his new club since signing during the off-season, with a goal in each of his past two matches. He is again expected to be partnered up front by Ryan Griffiths , who was also on the scoresheet against the Mariners and the Sky Blues.

Melbourne Victory scored their first win under new coach Ange Postecoglou last weekend when they upset ladder leaders Adelaide 2-1  at Etihad Stadium. There is still plenty of work to be done for Victory however, with the defence still a concern having conceded eight goals in just three matches during the new campaign. Postecoglou went some way to fixing his sides problems at the back by signing Socceroos goalkeeper Nathan Coe during the week and the 28 year-old could slip straight into the starting side if his international clearance comes through in time.

Marcos Flores opened his account for the season against the Reds last week, but Socceroo striker Archie Thompson  is still yet to find the back of the net in the 2012/13 season. He forms a deadly combination with All Whites star Marco Rojas  up front and it won’t be long until he is on the scoresheet.

The Jets have a 10-7 advantage over Victory in head-to-head meetings between the pair, while four of the clubs matches have ended in a draw . Newcastle were 3-1  victors in the most recent clash between the sides, at AAMI Park on March 3.

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