Hyundai Ins and Outs: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

The opening game of rebel Play Football Round kicks-off on Thursday night with a massive clash between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix.

With eight points separating the Jets in seventh from the sixth-placed Phoenix, it's a season-defining clash for both clubs in the race for the top six. 

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While Wellington are coming off a 3-0 loss against Perth Glory last weekend, they have been boosted by the return of two of their most important players for the trip to the Hunter.

Check out the squad news for both clubs ahead of Thursday night's match at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Team news

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 9.Roy O'DONOVAN, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY  **two to be omitted**

Ins: 16.Nick COWBURN (promoted), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (hamstring – 2 weeks)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Filip KURTO (gk),5. Ryan LOWRY, 6.Dylan FOX, 7.Cillian SHERIDAN, 9. Nathan BURNS, 11.David WILLIAMS, 12. Antony GOLEC, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex Rufer, 15.Michal KOPZCYNSKI, 16.Louis FENTON, 18.Sarpreet SINGH, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22. Andrew DURANTE, 23.Max BURGESS, 27.Steven TAYLOR  **two to be omitted**

Ins: 9. Nathan BURNS (promoted), 22. Andrew DURANTE (return from suspension), 27.Steven TAYLOR (promoted)
Outs:  3. Justin GULLEY (not selected)
Unavailable: Nil


Thursday, 7 February 2019
Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-Off:
 7:50PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEDT))

Referee:  Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referee 1:  Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2:  James Cleal
Fourth Official:  Stephen Laurie
VAR:  Kris Griffiths-Jones

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