Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick is welcoming the prospect of hosting a buoyant Adelaide United in their A-League game.
Adelaide travel to meet the Jets on Saturday, just three days after capturing the FFA Cup.
And Merrick says Adelaide's mid-week cup win is a positive for the Jets.
"It's really important to play against teams that are at their best because they're the ones that tend to open up and play good-quality football," Merrick told reporters on Friday.
"And that really suits us, rather than a team that is coming in on a low.
"And although they (Adelaide) have lost the first two (league) games, they will be buoyed by that win.
"But at the same time, they're the type of team that will attack rather than just sit back and park the bus - and I don't think many teams will be doing that this year. That is why it will be a very-competitive league.
"We want to play the best teams and build on our performances."
Adelaide's attacking revelation Al Hassan Toure was the game-breaker in the cup triumph, scoring his fifth goal of the cup campaign and setting up another in a 4-1 victory against Melbourne City.
The 19-year-old also scored on A-League debut a fortnight ago but Merrick said Toure wouldn't command special attention from the Jets.
"We don't look at any particular players. We just look at their attacking and defensive structure and try to maximise our opportunities and negate their strengths," he said.
"It (Toure's performances) just shows the quality of some of the players coming through.
"We have got some good players coming through as well and it's good for Australian football to produce these type of players and rely less and less on overseas players."
Newcastle, after an opening-round bye, drew 1-1 with arch rivals Central Coast last Saturday night - a display which heartened Merrick ahead of the Jets' first home game of the season.
"I'm comfortable with where we're at but there's no doubt other teams are doing quite well also."
STATS THAT MATTER:
* Adelaide are on a four-game unbeaten run (two wins, two draws) against the Jets
* But the Jets have lost only one of their past six home league games against Adelaide
* The Reds have never started an A-League season with three losses in a row.