Goals at a premium for Jets and Roar

Newcastle host Brisbane in the A-League on Sunday with both teams on one win, with injury problems up front and a lack of goals.

Goals and where they'll come from is the big issue for Newcastle and Brisbane heading into Sunday's A-League clash.

The Jets are seventh on the competition ladder heading into this game with just five goals in six matches.

Marquee man Ronnie Vargas has notched two of those strikes but the Venezuelan is unavailable for Ernie Merrick due to a groin injury.

Ex-Jets striker Adam Taggart has scored as many goals by himself as his former club but the Roar talisman is also racing to be fit.

Given Alex Lopez and Henrique are the only other Brisbane players to find the back of the net this season, it's understandable Roar coach John Aloisi is giving Taggart until kick-off to prove his fitness.

"We have to make sure if he is going to go out there and play that he's not going to re-injure himself," Aloisi said.

"He's pulling up nicely. It's very minor. There's something there but it's not major at all."

There's better news for French winger Eric Bautheac, who has recovered well from a knee knock in last week's fiery 2-1 loss to Adelaide United and is expected to play.

The Roar will certainly be without attacking midfielder Stefan Mauk, who was sent off against the Reds.

Even if Taggart doesn't feature, Aloisi is backing his players to outgun the Jets and end a three-game losing run to Newcastle.

"We've got a side that can really perform well and win football games by playing attacking football," he said.

"That's what we tried to do in Adelaide. We went out there and we showed that we can attack, even away from home, and cause teams trouble but we want to not only cause teams trouble, we want to win these games."

The Jets have also been forced to make a change at the back with Lachlan Jackson (broken nose) to be replaced by Ivan Vujica.

Brazilian Jair is also set to return from a hip flexor strain after missing the 3-0 defeat to Melbourne City last time out.

Former Roar player Dimi Petratos will also be keen to spark the Jets forward line as he tries to force his way into Graham Arnold's Australian squad for the Asian Cup.

"We understand that Dimi is a quality player, that we have to make sure that we keep him quiet because if you can keep Dimi quiet then that's going to hurt the Jets," Aloisi said of the midfielder.

Source AAP