It hasn’t been an ideal start to the new campaign for Brisbane, with John Aloisi’s team losing their first two games against Melbourne City and Adelaide United.
An opening away trip against City was always going to be tough, but Aloisi would have been fuming after seeing his side concede two goals in the last four minutes at home last week to fall 2-1 against Adelaide.
Brisbane were in complete control of the contest and had multiple chance to put the game to bed, but they took their foot off the pedal and paid the ultimate price.
The Roar have been boosted by the arrival of exciting French winger Eric Bautheac for this clash. Bautheac played 41 games for Ligue 1 side Lille over the last two seasons and will feature in his first A-League game against the Jets after finally settling a visa issue that delayed his arrival in Australia.
Another difficult battle awaits against the Jets, who are enjoying a nice start to the season, kicking off with a 5-1 thrashing of the Mariners before coming away with a 2-2 draw with Perth last week.
Most Jets fans would be more than happy with four points out of a possible six to start the season, but Newcastle – like Brisbane – were guilty of some complacency last week, with former striker Adam Taggart netting for Perth with five minutes to go.
Nevertheless, Newcastle are looking significantly better than the last few years, operating as a unit and enjoying a great balance across the squad, with Ronald Vargas looking like one of the buys of the season.
Newcastle have a great record against Brisbane, winning two of their three games last season – including a 4-0 hammering in Round 2 – and a 3-2 win at Suncorp. The Jets have shown more promise over the first two rounds, and with their good record in Brisbane, that’s enough for me to back them again on Sunday.
“Eric is a player that can run at opponents, he’s very technical and gives us a lot of options upfront. We’re excited to have him,” Aloisi said.
“He will definitely play some part of the game. Physically, he’s in pretty good shape.”
A-League, Round 3
Sunday, 22 October, 11.30 IST
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Jets have won two of their last three meetings
- Newcastle have won three of their last six games at Suncorp
- Brisbane are in danger of losing four games in a row for the first time since 2015
Head to Head
Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets have each won two, drawn two, and lost two of their last six encounters with one another.
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Centre back Daniel Bowles, midfielder Thomas Kristensen, and striker Shannon Brady are injured for the hosts.
Newcastle Jets are expecting a fully fit squad on Sunday.
I will go for a 2-2 draw.