Youssouf Hersi is wanted by the Jets.

Youssouf Hersi is wanted by the Jets. Photo: Getty Images

The last time Western Sydney visited Hunter Stadium, they left with the Premiers Plate after smashing the Newcastle Jets 3-0.

This time, however, the Wanderers face a rejuvenated Jets looking to leapfrog them into second spot on the A-League ladder.

They also go into the clash having not tasted victory in three weeks.

The Jets, on the other hand, are looking to maintain momentum after their confidence-boosting 2-1 upset win away to Melbourne Victory last week.

Gary van Egmond has said a win over the reigning premiers on Saturday will prove his side are serious contenders this season.

And coach Tony Popovic is more than happy to show his Newcastle counterpart why Western Sydney are the benchmark. "Of course, they're [Newcastle] going to be dangerous," Popovic said on Friday. "We'll do everything we can . . . [to] show him how good we are."

But having scored only four goals in the past five games, defender Nikolai Toper-Stanley knows the Wanderers need to improve their attack to get something from the game. "It's a process and the performances have been there but maybe we haven't been as clinical," Toper-Stanley said.

"So we'll be looking to get that killer instinct back."

The Wanderers ended their first ever regular season at Hunter Stadium in March. But while the place where they became premiers will forever be special, Popovic will not use those memories to fuel his side on Saturday.

"We won't talk about that. This is a different game, a different season," he said.

"There are three points on the line and we want those three points."

The Wanderers are five points behind top dogs Brisbane and will slide down the ladder if they are beaten on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Popovic said he was in no rush to secure Youssouf Hersi beyond this season despite van Egmond saying the winger is on his January transfer hit list.

He also dispelled any link to Socceroos defender David Carney, who is reported to be interested in a move to the A-League after being released by Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.

AAP