Roar Looks To Maintain Top Spot

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High flying Brisbane Roar will meet a Newcastle Jets outfit that is failing to live up to early expectations. Mike Mulvey’s men have so far flown under the radar and toppled heavyweight Central Coast last week. While the Jets took five games to record a win, they managed to get over the top of Adelaide United’s tiki-taka last week 2-1 after the fit-again Emile Heskey returned to give them a boost.

The Roar have failed to score in last two trips to Newcastle and with Albanian goal scorer Besart Berisha missing, punters could be forgiven if they expect this trend to continue. However they have found other scoring outlets in Henrique and young gun Kwame Yeboah , who have both stepped out of Berisha’s shadow to get the men in orange over the line in recent weeks.

Roar’s Achilles heel, however, could be in the midfield where they will be missing Socceroos Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic who will be away with the national team, and Liam Miller who is out with a calf injury for one more week. Here is where the highly mobile Jets youngsters Adam Taggart and Andrew Hoole will cause the most trouble, unless German maestro Thomas Broich can stamp his creative influence on proceedings to control the midfield and drive Brisbane forward.

In recent times this fixture has been a close fought battle – producing over 2.5 goals just twice in the last 10 meetings . But overall Newcastle has the wood over the two-time champions, winning nine matches to Brisbane’s seven, with seven draws . The home side has prevailed just three times in 21 contests between these teams.

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