This fixture looms as an almost must win game for the Jets, with Wellington six points ahead of them on the league ladder.
The Jets kick off round 16 of the A-League with their first Friday night home match of the season against Wellington Phoenix. Both sides are coming off good last start performances; the Phoenix recording a rare away victory courtesy of a late Tim Brown header on the Gold Coast, whilst the Jets stretched league leaders, and fierce rivals, the Central Coast Mariners for ninety minutes before returning home with a point .
This fixture looms as an almost must win game for the Jets, with Wellington six points ahead of them on the league ladder and with the next three games on the road.
Adelaide in Bathurst on Wednesday, followed by awkward assignments in Brisbane and Sydney on consecutive weekends. You would like to be entering that little phase with three points banked from a home win against Wellington.
In other matches, the Mariners host a rejuvenated Adelaide, Melbourne Heart are at home to Brisbane, Sydney will look to get back on track against the luckless Gold Coast and Melbourne Victory make the long trek across the continent to take on a resurgent Perth Glory.
It looks a very interesting round on paper, the matches promise to be tight, torrid affairs, with the late, late twists we have witnessed in recent weeks, a distinct possibility to rear their heads again.
If you are going to Ausgrid Stadium to cheer the Jets to victory on Friday, set out a little earlier and watch the Jets youth team in action against the AIS, in their only appearance before the A-League team this season. Should be some fine young talent on display.