NEWCASTLE V BRISBANE ROAR Sunday afternoon, McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle will be hoping to capitalise on a positive performance last week when they host Brisbane in Round 2.

The Jets really served it up to the premiers and took the early lead only to relinquish it after a bad error in defence. In the end it was 1-1 and no one would begrudge them a share of the points.

Brisbane used all 90 minutes and then five minutes of injury time to finally find a way through Melbourne Victory last week. They also left with a 1-1 draw.

COSTLY MATCH

While Newcastle secured a point it came at a big cost with Aleksandr Kokko, Jason Hoffman and Daniel Mullen all coming out of the game with injury concerns.

What makes this worse for coach Mark Jones is the fact he doesn't have a deep squad so losing any first choice players will be disastrous. THE HISTORY

Coach John Aloisi will take some comfort in the fact that Brisbane has a very strong record against Newcastle.

In fact, Brisbane has won four of the last six games between these sides with two Draws also thrown into the mix. On the flip side the Roar were one of the worst road teams in the competition last season when winning just three games away from Suncorp Stadium.

HOW IT PANS OUT

We are going to see goals and plenty of them.

The average goals per match sits at 3.1 but the problem here for the Jets is that in four of their last six games against Brisbane, they have only scored once in each game. That is right on par with their attack last season which average just over a goal a match - easily the worst of the 10 A-league teams.

THE VERDICT

We are tipping a Brisbane result here especially if those key injuries to the Newcastle players prevent them from taking the field.

TOTAL GOALS OVER / UNDER: Go the Overs as there is a history of scoring between the teams.

1ST GOALSCORER: Jamie Maclaren or Tommy Oar for Brisbane. Andrew Nabbout for Newcastle
Newcastle - 1pt @ 3.25
Over 2.50 - 1pt @ 1.70
Oar - 1pt @ 15.00