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Adelaide United vs. Newcastle Jets: Highway To The Danger Zone

The match day balls during the round 11 A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United at Hunter Stadium on December 18, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. December 18, 2015| Credit: Tony Feder
Adelaide United vs. Newcastle Jets: Highway To The Danger Zone

“They never say hello to you
Until you get it on the red line overload
You’ll never know what you can do
Until you get it up as high as you can go

Out along the edge
Is always where I burn to be
The further on the edge
The hotter the intensity

Highway to the Danger Zone
I’m gonna take you
Right into the Danger Zone…”

-Kenny Loggins

Regardless of the outcome, Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United are safe in sixth place with a record of 6-5-5 (23 points) and cannot be passed, even if they lose. However, a victory over Scott Miller‘s Newcastle Jets would put added pressure on Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, who are just four points ahead of the Reds heading into Round 17 of the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League season.

As for the Jets, they need a win and some help from other teams across the competition. With a record of 4-4-8 (16 points), a Jets victory combined with losses to Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix would catapult them to seventh and keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Hence, Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia is, indeed, the danger zone that Mr. Kenny Loggins alluded. It’s closest to Uluru too (but not Bow River, that honor belongs to Brisbane), but that’s a different story.

“For me, I’m not to keen to come up against teams that were flattened the week before because it means they’re going to have a long week to iron out all the issues they had,” said Adelaide’s Bruce Djite. “They’re going to try and bounce back and it’s going to be a very difficult game this week, (it could potentially be) one of the most difficult games we have this season.

“We’ve played them twice already and they’ve both been nil-all draws, so we haven’t even scored against them yet.  But they’ll be without Nigel Boogaard, who’s suspended for the game, which is great for us, but we won’t take them lightly and we have to make sure we’re as in good form, if not better form than what we were against Brisbane to make sure we get all three points at home.”

Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ACST/10 p.m. PT (Saturday)/1 a.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets.

  • Bruce Djite will score for Adelaide United.
  • Milos Trifunovic will score for Newcastle Jets.
  • Marcelo Carrusca will score for Adelaide United.
  • Craig Goodwin will score for Adelaide United.
  • Eugene Galekovic will make under five saves.
  • Mark Birighetti will make under five saves.
  • No goals will be scored in stoppage time.
  • No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
  • Adelaide will score off an own goal.
  • David Carney will not score for Newcastle Jets.

In another disastrous display for Newcastle, Adelaide United will defend their turf and deliver the goods to pressure the upper half of the ladder. And Djite will start piling on the goals. Yes, there’s more where that came from.

Adelaide United 4, Newcastle Jets 1

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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