Westfield FFA Cup preview

Newcastle Jets versus Perth Glory


Venue: Magic Park, Broadmeadow, Newcastle

KO: 7.30pm AEST

Both sides have started pre-season in strong form, particularly the Jets who warmed up for their first foray in the Cup competition with an 8-1 demolition of Weston Bears last week.

New recruit Jeronimo Neumann scored four goals on his Jets debut in that match and will be keen to continue that form at Magic Park.

The Jets will be without goalkeeper Mark Birighitti who is on Foxtel A-League All Stars duty, with Ben Kennedy expected to get the nod between the sticks.

And he could be in for a busy night with the Glory boasting a line-up full of attacking talent, including Andy Keogh, Richard Garcia and Mitch Nichols.

Kenny Lowe’s side will also be full of confidence after an impressive showing in their 1-1 friendly draw with Malaga last month. However, Youssouf Hersi and Michael Thwaite are also absent on Foxtel A-League All Stars duty, Daniel De Silva is with the Young Socceroos. Ruben Zadkovich and Rostyn Griffiths are injured while there are doubts about Brazilian attacker Sidnei who has a calf problem. Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is favoured to wear the skipper’s armband.

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