2016/17 Hyundai A-League – Round 23 Match Preview – Melbourne City FC vs Newcastle United Jets FC

2016/2017 Hyundai A-League
Season 12 Round 23
Melbourne City FC vs Newcastle United Jets FC

When: Saturday 18th March, 2017
Where: AAMI Park, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne, VIC
Kickoff: 750pm AEDST (gates open 650pm)

Away Supporters
Tickets: Ticketek Link
Purchase your tickets in Bay 32 to sit with fellow away supporters

Not Travelling?
Join fellow Jets supporters from 5pm at our venue – The Premier Hotel – to watch the away game LIVE. All supporters are welcome – u18’s will need to be accompanied by a supervising adult.
If you sign up to become a Premier Hotel member for $10, you receive $10 in credit on your card. Ask for a membership form at the bar. A Premier Hotel membership gets you a 5% discount on food & drink not only at Premier but also at Junction Hotel & Sunnyside Tavern. You can purchase members only schooner cards – 10 schooners of local tap beers $55 or 10 schooners of craft tap beers $65.

Watch: LIVE on FoxSports 4 and FoxSports 4HD
Listen: ABC Grandstand Radio online/app or EON Sports Radio app
Tweet: @newyboys #NTUA #MCYvNEW

FIXTURE FACTS

Overall – 20 matches between the two teams.
Jets Wins – 9, City Wins – 8, Drawn – 3

In Newcastle – 11 matches.
Jets Wins – 7, City Wins – 3, Drawn – 1
In Melbourne – 9 matches
Jets Wins – 2, City Wins – 5, Drawn – 2

Average Home A-League Crowd – 9494
Average Away A-League Crowd – 7002

Goals in Fixture
Jets – 31, City – 37
In Melbourne –
Jets – 12, City – 20

1st Goals in Fixture
Jets – 10, City – 10

Cards in Fixture
Jets – 60 (59 yellow, 1 red), City 33 (31 yellow, 2 red)

Recent Form (A-League)
Jets – LDLDL (2 points from last 15)
City – LDWLW (7 points from last 15)

Leading Scorers
Jets – Andrew Nabbout (8)
City – Bruno Fornaroli (13)

Last Result –
Newcastle Jets 2 (Nabbout 14′, Nabbout 52′) – Melbourne City 1 (Fornaroli 69′ pen) at Coffs International Stadium, A-League, Round 17, Season 2016/17

Starting line-ups from Last Meeting in Season 2016/17 Round 17

Newcastle Jets Melbourne City
Jack Duncan Dean Bouzanis
Jason Hoffman Ivan Franjic
Lachlan Jackson Michael Jakobsen
Nigel Boogaard Osama Malik
Daniel Mullen Joshua Rose
Mateo Poljak Neil Kilkenny
Steven Ugarkovic Luke Brattan
Ma Leilei Tim Cahill
Andrew Hoole Bruce Kamau
Andrew Nabbout Bruno Fornaroli
Morten Nordstrand Nicolas Colazo

FIXTURE RECORDS

Biggest Win

Jets 3 (Goodwin 56’, Zadkovich 52’, R Griffith 87’ pen) – City 0, Round 19, Season 2011/12 at Hunter Stadium, 11/02/2012.

Heaviest Defeat

Jets 0 – City 4 (Jaliens 18′, Novillo 47′, Williams 63′, Ramsay 87′) at AAMI Park, A-League, Round 21, 14/03/2015 & Jets 0 – City 4 (Mooy 43′, Fornaroli 56′, Mooy 59′, Fornaroli 62′) at Hunter Stadium, A-League, Round 10, 13/12/15

Leading Scorers in fixture –

Jets – Ryan Griffiths (6)
City – Bruno Fornaroli (6)

2016/17 SEASON STATISTICS

Number Name Appearances Starts Substitute Appearances Subbed off Minutes Played Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red – Second Bookable Straight Red
2 Daniel Mullen 12 11 1 1 994 0 0 1 0 0
3 Jason Hoffman 21 20 1 2 1717 1 0 2 1 0
4 Nigel Boogaard 16 15 1 1 1354 2 1 5 0 0
5 Ben Kantarovski 9 6 3 4 541 0 1 0 0 0
6 Steven Ugarkovic 20 19 1 3 1666 1 0 6 0 0
7 Andrew Hoole 21 21 0 1 1873 5 2 6 0 0
8 Mateo Poljak 21 16 5 6 1470 1 0 1 0 0
9 Aleksandr Kokko 11 5 6 5 413 1 0 1 0 0
10 Wayne Brown 18 15 3 4 1322 2 1 5 0 0
11 Labinot Haliti 3 1 2 0 116 0 0 0 0 0
12 Andy Brennan 2 1 1 1 95 0 0 0 0 0
12 Harrison Sawyer 3 0 3 0 47 0 0 1 0 0
13 Ivan Vujica 10 9 1 3 775 0 0 1 0 0
15 Andrew Nabbout 19 18 1 6 1538 8 4 3 0 0
16 Nick Cowburn 13 11 2 1 1039 0 0 0 0 0
18 Ma Leilei 13 7 6 6 679 1 2 5 0 0
19 Morten Nordstrand 18 14 4 10 1222 3 2 2 0 0
20 Jack Duncan 20 20 0 0 1800 0 0 0 0 0
22 Lachlan Jackson 12 11 1 1 967 0 0 2 0 0
23 Devante Clut 18 7 11 6 689 1 2 0 0 0
24 Kristian Brymora 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
26 Iain Fyfe 3 3 0 2 205 0 0 1 0 0
28 John Koutroumbis 19 10 9 1 1010 0 0 4 0 0

COACHING

Coaches Head to Head – 1 matches
Mark Jones – 1 win, Michael Valkanis – 0 wins, 0 drawnNewcastle Jets A-League Coaching Records –

  • Mark Jones – 2 matches (1 win, 0 drawn, 1 loss = 50% win ratio)
  • Scott Miller – 3 matches (2 wins, 0 drawn, 1 loss = 67% win ratio)
  • Phil Stubbins – 3 matches (0 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses = 0% win ratio)
  • Gary Van Egmond – 7 matches (3 wins, 1 drawn and 3 losses = 43% win ratio)
  • Richard Money – No matches
  • Branko Culina – 3 matches (1 win, 1 drawn, 1 loss = 33% win ratio)
  • Nick Theodorakopoulos – No matches
  • Craig Deans – 1 Match (1 win, 0 drawn, 0 losses = 100% win ratio)
  • Clayton Zane – 1 match (1 win, 0 drawn, 0 losses = 100% win ratio)

Melbourne City Coach Record – Michael Valkanis 0% win ratio (0 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss)

TALKING POINTS:

General

  • There has never been a scoreless result between these two teams, and only one match with fewer than 2 goals.
  • The average goals per match in this fixture is over 3.
  • Andrew Nabbout and Bruno Fornaroli are the only players to have scored in this fixture this season. They’ve scored 3 goals each.
  • The Jets haven’t conceded a first half goal in the last 4 matches.
  • Newcastle have won 5 times in 23 matches during March.

Players

  • Bruno Fornaroli has scored 6 goals in the last 4 fixtures between the two clubs. He has scored City’s last 5 goals in this fixture.
  • Mateo Poljak is closing in on a milestone 50 matches for the Jets. This week could be his 48th appearance.
  • Jason Hoffman became the first Jets player to be dismissed this season.
  • Last weekend was the first match in which Nigel Boogaard made an appearance for the Jets without the captain’s armband.
  • The penalty converted by Andrew Nabbout was just the second penalty the Jets have received this season.

Newcastle Jets

  • Clayton Zane, who will lead the team this week in Mark Jones’ absence, has a 100% win record against City – a 1-0 win thanks to Adam Taggart.
  • The Jets haven’t scored the first goal away from home all season.
  • Newcastle has lost it’s last 3 away fixtures and have taken 7 from a possible 30 points on the road this season.
  • Six players have been sent off while wearing the captain’s armband – Paul Okon, Ljubo Milicevic, Jobe Wheelhouse, Kew Jaliens, Nigel Boogaard (x4) and Jason Hoffman.
  • Newcastle are 14 matches without a clean sheet on the road. The last was the 1-0 win against the Mariners in Gosford last season.

Melbourne City

  • City have been kept scoreless just once this season – a Round 5 clash in Brisbane.

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