Newcastle Jets will return to McDonald Jones Stadium this Sunday for the second week in a row as they come up against Brisbane Roar in round 2 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season.
Both sides are fresh off the back of 1-1 draws to open their respective campaigns, with Brisbane’s equaliser coming in the sixth minute of injury time to snatch a point from Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.
The Jets meanwhile had some great chances against Adelaide and were disappointed not to grab all three points in Mark Jones’ first outing as Newcastle coach.
This week the Newy boys will be eager to keep the intensity and quality going as they play against the Roar, and the clash shapes as a good one.
Whether it’s to impress other supporters on the way to the stadium, or while you’re talking with mates at half time, here are five facts to through up in conversation with your family and friends!
Jets vs. Roar shapes as an entertaining contest – there have been only two scoreless matches between the two sides since the Hyundai A-League’s inception
Although there have been 33 matches between Newcastle and Brisbane since the very first Hyundai A-League season in 2005/06, only two of those matches have ended with a nil-all scoresheet.
February 2013 was the last time that either of the two sides failed to score in the fixture, but with 73 goals between both teams when they clash and an average of 4.4 goals per game, it seems likely that fans will see goals this Sunday!
The Jets are on a five game scoring streak – their longest in 2.5 years
The back of the net is no stranger to the new-look Jets side for 2016/17, or the one that concluded last campaign. Five Hyundai A-League games in a row one of the Newcastle players has marked his name on the scoresheet, and now they look to make it a sixth in the clash against the Roar this Sunday.
With an average of four or more goals scored in games between these two teams, there may be more new scorers for the Jets. Wayne Brown became the 66th player to net for the Jets last weekend.
Gary van Egmond is the only Newcastle Jets gaffer to win his first game against Brisbane Roar
It’s been a tough ask in recent years to take three points off Brisbane Roar, especially when a new coach is just settling into the league, but Mark Jones still has the ability to join the ranks of those that have achieved it.
So far only Championship winning coach van Egmond has been able to pull off the feat, which came back in 2009.
The 1.5 million supporter mark is in reach for Newcastle Jets this
McDonald Jones Stadium has seen many Newcastle Jets supporters pass through its turnstiles, and now a milestone is coming up for the Club.
The 1.5 million mark for supporters that have attended Hyundai A-League games at Newcastle’s home ground could be broken this weekend, with only 7,383 attendees needed to crack 1.5M.9,145 turned up for the opening game of the season and almost saw the boys collect three points against the defending Champions – turn up this weekend and you could see the first win of the campaign, and the breaking of a fan milestone for the Club.
Sunday games against Roar are historically not bad for the Jets
Newcastle Jets have won five of the 10 (50%) Hyundai A-League fixtures held on a Sunday against Brisbane Roar, and two of three (66%) that have been held in Newcastle. Hopefully the win percentages rise this weekend against John Aloisi's Roar!
Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar - Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season Round 2
Date: Sunday 16 October 2016
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Tickets: Please click here to purchase match tickets
Television: The match will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS
Radio: The match will be called LIVE on ABC Newcastle + ABC Grandstand
Social Media: Join the match conversation using #NEWvBRI and #TogetherWeCanSoar