NEWCASTLE V ADELAIDE Friday night, McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
Round 11 will kick off with arguably the hardest game of the weekend to pick.<p></p>
Newcastle host Adelaide with both teams not really showing any consistent form heading into the game.<p></p>
The Jets broke their winless seven-game drought with a surprise 2-1 victory over the Glory in Perth last week. Adelaide will be looking to bounce back from the 4-0 spanking they received at the hands of Brisbane which was their sixth loss of the campaign.<p></p>
<b>ON THE UP</b><br/><p></p>
Newcastle showed the benefit of having attacking weapon Andrew Nabbout back in their squad last week.<p></p>
The former Melbourne Victory man caused havoc for Perth's defence which ultimately had a busy night as the Jets outshot them 26 to 11.
Nabbout had been missing the last few weeks due to injury but his return to the side produced the ultimate dividend for Newcastle, who beat Perth for the first time in 16 games!<p></p>
When Adelaide beat Wellington a fortnight ago it was meant to be the spark that ignited their season. Well, no one told Brisbane that as the Roar put four past Eugene Galekovic.<p></p>
The Reds have now lost six games in the opening 10 rounds which equals their total losses for the entire 2015/16 season. Coach Gui Amor has had injuries and key men depart, however, we are now nearly three months into the season and those cannot continue to be excuses.<p></p>
Strangely Adelaide did have their chances to press the Roar last week who had more shots on goal than the hosts and won an incredible 19 corners to three.<p></p>
<b>HOW IT PANS OUT</b><br/><p></p>
Both teams don't have a great issue in creating chances to score but its when they get to the final third on the pitch that they come undone.<p></p>
Adelaide are averaging less than a goal a game while Newcastle is only marginally better having found the back of the net 11 times in 10 games.<p></p>
The Reds will no doubt be boosted by the return of attacker Sergio Cirio, who had been missing since Round 2 with a knee injury but came off the bench last week. He will definitely strip fitter for that outing.<p></p>
A positive for Adelaide is their recent good run over Newcastle which spans six games and includes three wins. On top of that, Newcastle hasn't scored against Adelaide in five of their last six encounters.
The Jets don't have the greatest squad depth and injuries have cruelled their good start to the season but with the return of Nabbout they have begun to pick up.<p></p>
They will be throwing plenty of questions at the Adelaide defence which has conceded 17 goals so far this season.<p></p>
Even though the Jets have a poor recent record against Adelaide, the fact they beat Perth last week for the first time in five years suggests that this feisty outfit could be ready to put to bed another hoodoo.<p></p>
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<b>THE TIP:</b> NEWCASTLE<br/><p></p>
<b>TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5:</b> Go the <b>UNDERS<b> - the last five games between the sides have seen a collective total of just six goals scored.