Wanderers vs Newcastle Preview- Time to ground the Jets

Wanderers vs Newcastle Preview- Time to ground the Jets

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets

Sunday 29th October @ McDonald Jones Stadium, Kick off 5pm

The Wanderers will be providing the Wanderbus for this game, details:

Departing Club Marconi: 11am

Arriving at Newcastle: 2pm

Departing McDonald Jones Stadium: 7.30pm

Arriving at Club Marconi: 10pm

Prices: Adult $60 / Junior $50 / Family $130 / Members receive $5 off individual tickets and $10 off family.

Following a disappointing loss to Adelaide United on Tuesday night in the FFA cup, the Wanderers will look to bounce back on Sunday evening against a resurgent and undefeated Newcastle Jets. Newcastle will be without marquee Ronald Vargas, after he suffered a horror injury against Brisbane last weekend, while the Wanderers may see some changes having played 3 games in 8 days. The Wanderers weren’t themselves against Adelaide after a thrilling but draining derby on Saturday night, sloppy in defence and not as lethal in attack, Sundays game could prove pivotal to the Wanderers success this season. If they can find their feet once again and march on from this match, they could be right in for the title race, however, another poor result could see the players lose confidence and continue on a downward spiral. Newcastle have been playing in complete contrast to last season, scoring goals for fun and looking assured at the back, Ernie Merrick will be looking to continue his perfect start to the season with another good result at the Hunter.

Last Encounter

Last season the Wanderers had the better of the Jets all season with a draw and 2 wins capping off dominance against the men from the Hunter. Across the 3 games the red and black scored 7 goals and only conceded twice, both with Andrew Redmayne in goals. Newcastle are yet to score against Vedran Janjetovic, since his cross town switch.


Key Match Up

Roy O Donovan vs Robbie Cornthwaite

This battle could be pivotal to the success of either team. O Donovan has been in fine goal scoring form since his F3 switch to the Hunter, scoring a hat trick against his former club and a goal each against Perth and Brisbane. Flip the coin to captain Cornthwaite and he’s continued on from his form from the second half of last season, looking solid and assured at the back and providing excellent leadership with the armband. It looks to be an interesting battle between the two, with O Donovans pace and desire combating perfectly with the captain’s strong physical presence.

Key Player

Kearyn Baccus

Baccus has been one of the key men for the Wanderers so far this season, constantly looking to pass or drive forward himself and create something out of nothing. His partnership with Herd has been largely part of the success, with Herd able to screen behind him, allowing Baccus to push forward. Baccus has completed 202 passes this season (3rd in the league) and 13 tackles (1st in the league). If Kearyn continues his excellent form he could see the result go the Wanderers way.

Prediction

Wanderers 3- Jets 2

With both sides boasting some impressive attacking talent with the likes of O Donovan, Cejudo, Petratos, Reira and co, there will be goals aplenty in this match. But with the midweek heartbreak suffered by the Wanderers, they will be looking to bounce back quickly and continue on their perfect open to the A league campaign.