The fact that Glory are making a first ever A-League visit to Coffs Harbour International Stadium this evening means that we’ve even turned our intro intro a stat!
So, having set the bar really high straight off the bat, we’ll do everything we can not to disappoint from here on in…
Joel Juices Jets
Joel Chianese, who has been added to Glory’s squad after re-signing for the club earlier in the week, has an impressive record against Newcastle.
In 12 appearances, he has been on the winning side eight times and tasted defeat just twice, while scoring five goals along the way.
38% of Glory’s goals this season (9/24) have been left-footed efforts, which is the highest percentage in the A-League.
Three of these goals have been scored by Carlo Armiento.
Newcastle frontman Roy O’Donovan has scored nine goals in his 13 appearances against Glory which is his best return versus any A-League club.
Three of those goals have come in the Jets’ last three meetings with Glory.
Glory still lead the league in terms of shooting accuracy with 58.5% of the club’s 106 shots on target.
The Jets are ranked last in this category having taken 169 shots, of which only 33.1% have been on the mark.
Friend and Foe
Current Jets Head Coach Craig Deans made nearly 60 NSL appearances for Glory between 2000 and 2004.
The central defender was on the bench in the 2002 Grand Final.
The Jets have committed the highest number of fouls in the league this term with 218.
Glory continue to be the cleanest club in the competition having conceded just 124 fouls.
Glory defender Darryl Lachman is currently topping a host of club stat categories.
The Curacao international has made the most blocks (12), interceptions (19) and clearances (50), attempted the most tackles (31) and completed the highest number of passes in his own half (604).
Glory’s defeat versus the Jets in Round 21 of last season was their first in the Hunter Valley since November 2011.
Overall, the men in purple have claimed victory in this fixture 12 times to Newcastle’s six.