Hyundai A-League Preview

Round 8 Preview of the Hyundai A-League

It has been a big week for football in Australia and the action is set to continue in the Hyundai A-League Round 8 for UNICEF.

This Hyundai A-League round is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for our partner, UNICEF, to support children in Australia and south-East Asia. Football fans are encouraged to donate to UNICEF Australia by visiting www.unicef.org.au. Funds raised will support UNICEF programs for vulnerable children.

During this round we also farewell referee, Mark Shield, who is retiring from the game. He will referee his last Hyundai A-League match tomorrow when Queensland Roar take on Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium. Shield has an impressive portfolio of appointments particularly on the international stage, which includes refereeing at the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006. At a local level he has also significantly contributed to the success of the Hyundai A-League. On behalf of the football community, FFA wish Mark all the best for the future and thank him for his dedication and contribution to the game of football.

800 goals, 300 matches in 3 years!

This weekend Hyundai A-League history will be made - so don-t miss the action.

The third goal scored this weekend will be the Hyundai A-League-s 800th goal of all time. Just who will score it? Will Suncorp Stadium have cause to celebrate?

And the Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory game this Saturday, will be the Hyundai A-League-s 300th match. 4 million spectators last round; 300 matches this round!

Weekend Matches

Queensland Roar v Adelaide United Friday 17 October 2008 Suncorp Stadium Local kick off 7.30pm AQST (8.00pm ACDT; 8.30pm AEDT) Referee. Mark Shield

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Queensland Squad: 1. Liam REDDY, 2. Andrew PACKER, 4. Craig MOORE, 5. Josh McCLOUGHAN, 7. Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 10. Charlie MILLER, 11. REINALDO, 12. Tahj MINNIECON, 14. Ben GRIFFIN, 15. Matt McKAY, 16. Hyuk-Su SEO, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER, 23. Tim SMITS.

In: Ben Griffin (promoted), Tim Smits (promoted), Tahj Minniecon (back from international duty), Josh McCloughan (return from injury).

Out: Matt Mundy (short contract expired), Sergio Van Dijk (injured), Robbie Kruse (injured), Dave Dodd (omitted).

Others Unavailable: Josh McCloughan (hip injury - 1 week), Ben Griffin (suspended), Mitch Nichols (international duty), Tommy Oar (international duty)

Adelaide United Squad: 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 6.CASSIO, 9.Paul AGOSTINO, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (capt.), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 16.Daniel MULLEN, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 22.DIEGO, 24.Paul REID, 30.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) * two to be omitted

In: Fabian Barbiero (promoted), Jason Spagnuolo

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Daniel Beltrame (knee - season), Isyan Erdogan (hamstring - indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones This match sees the team with the lowest home-wins-to-total-wins ratio (Queensland Roar) against the current team with the lowest away-wins-to-total-wins ratio (Adelaide United). To date, just 10 of Queensland's 26 Hyundai A-League victories (38 percent) have taken place at home, while Adelaide's record of 13 away wins out of a total of 32 wins (41 percent) is the lowest of all current teams.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 9): Queensland Roar wins 2, Adelaide United wins 4 (3 draws). In Brisbane (played 4): Queensland Roar wins 0, Adelaide United wins 2 (2 draws).

Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory Saturday 18 October 2008 EnergyAustralia Stadium Local kick off 7.00pm AEDT Referee. Matthew Breeze

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle and SEN (Melbourne) 1116am. To purchase tickets visit www.proticket.com.au

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 5. James HOLLAND, 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 7. Kaz PATAFTA, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 23. Edmundo ZURA, 24. Marko JESIC, 25. Daniel PIORKOWSKI. * two to be omitted

In: James Holland (returns from Qantas Young Socceroos duties), Adam Griffiths (returns from injury), Joel Griffiths (returns from injury), Ben Kantarovski (returns from Qantas Joeys duties).

Out: Noel Spencer (omitted), Antun Kovacic (omitted)

Others Unavailable: Shaun Ontong (ankle - indefinite), Jason Hoffman (knee - season)

Melbourne Victory Squad Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 18. Leigh BROXHAM, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22. Nick WARD. *one to be omitted

In: Michael Theoklitos, Carlos Hernandez, Michael Thwaite

Out: Lou Acevski (loan completed), Steven Pace

Others Unavailable: Ney Fabiano (suspended - 4 matches)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Newcastle midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse is set to make his 50th appearance at a national league level. As a teenager Wheelhouse made 20 appearances for Newcastle United in national soccer league, and to date has made 29 Hyundai A-League appearances.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Jets' coach Gary Van Egmond is set to coach his 50th match in the Hyundai A-League. Van Egmond's impressive record since taking the reins in Round 8 of the 2006-07 season stands at 22 wins, 15 draws and 12 losses - and includes the 2008 Hyundai A-League Championship.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 9): Newcastle Jets wins 5, Melbourne Victory wins 2 (2 draws). In Newcastle (played 4): Newcastle Jets wins 2, Melbourne Victory wins 1 (1 draw)

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Sunday 19 October 2008 Bluetongue Stadium Local kick off 3.00pm AEDT (5.00pm (NZDT) Referee. Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 2. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM and Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Central Coast Squad: Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 6. David D'APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 13. Paul O'GRADY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 16. Nigel BOOGAARD, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 20. 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 40. Mark BOSNICH (gk). *two to be omitted

In: John Hutchinson (Returns from Injury), Danny Vukovic (Returns from Suspension), Mark Bosnich (Returns from Injury).

Out: Matthew Nash (Omitted).

Others Unavailable: Andre Gumprecht (Knee - Indefinite), Dean Heffernan (Leg - Indefinite), Greg Owens (Hamstring - Indefinite), Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season)

Wellington Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 8. Vaughan COVENY, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 12. Richard JOHNSON, 15. Adam KWASNIK, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 21. Leilei GAO, 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain). * three to be omitted

In: Jon McKain (promoted), Glen Moss (gk) (return from injury)

Out: Jeremy Christie (groin - 1 week), Phil Imray (short-term contract ended)

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee - season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Central Coast Mariners defender, Andrew Clark who will make his 100th appearance in Australian national leagues this week. Since making his Australian national league debut 10 years ago, Clark has played for Canberra Cosmos (1998-2000, 21 appearances); Parramatta Power (2000-2001, 17 appearances); Central Coast Mariners (2005-2008, 61 appearances so far). And he's a busy man. As well as being Fitness Coach for the Central Coast Mariners, in addition to playing, Andrew is studying for a PhD in sports science from the University of Newcastle.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 3): Central Coast Mariners wins 3, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (0 draws). In Gosford (played 2): Central Coast Mariners wins 2, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (0 draws)

Perth Glory v Sydney FC Sunday 19 October 2008 Members Equity Stadium Local kick off 2.00pm AWST (5.00pm AEDT) Referee. Peter O-Leary

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and delayed coverage on Sky Sport 2. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

Perth Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 10.AMARAL, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 18.Hayden FOXE, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Frank JURIC (gk), 22.Wayne SRHOJ. *two to be omitted

In: David Tarka (promoted), Adrian Trinidad (promoted), Amaral (return from injury), Hayden Foxe (return from injury).

Out: Jeff Bright (end of short term contract), Stuart McLaren (end of short term contract).

Others Unavailable: Josip Magdic (ankle - season), James Robinson (abdomen - 9 weeks), Dino Djublic (suspended - 1 week)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 3. Nikolas TSATTALIOS, 5. Mitchell PRENTICE, 6. Tony POPOVIC (c), 7. Rob MIDDLEBY, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 10. Steve CORICA, 11. Brendon SANTALAB, 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 18. Adam CASEY, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23. John ALOISI, 27. Matthew JURMAN. * two to be omitted

In: Nikolas Tsattalios (return international duty), Matthew Jurman (return international duty). Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Simon Colosimo (groin - 7 weeks), Mike Enfield (knee - indefinite, Jacob Timpano (ankle - 2 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones The next Hyundai A-League appearance for Perth Glory goalkeeper Frank Juric, will be his 100th appearance at national league level in Australia. Juric played his debut national league match in January 1993 with Melbourne Knights, securing 70 national league appearances for the Knights - including a Grand Final victory in 1995; plus another 25 with Collingwood before heading to Europe in 1996. Juric returned to Australia in 2008 to join Perth Glory.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 9): Perth Glory wins 1, Sydney FC wins 3 (5 draws). In Perth (played 5): Perth Glory wins 0, Sydney FC wins 2 (3 draws).

Birthday boys

SCOTT JAMIESON (Adelaide United) turns 20 on Monday 13-Oct ADRIAN TRINIDAD (Perth Glory) turns 26 on Saturday 18-Oct JAMES DOWNEY (Perth Glory) turns 21 on Sunday 19-Oct.

THIS ROUND RE-WOUND

This round in 2005… Probably the most astounding result of the Hyundai A-League-s first season took place in Round Eight when Melbourne Victory (who eventually finished second-last) demolished eventual Champions Sydney FC 5-0 at Olympic Park.

This round in 2006… Gary Van Egmond, who celebrates his 50th Hyundai A-League match as coach in Round Eight 2008/09, made his debut coaching appearance in Round Eight 2006/07, taking the Jets to its first win of the 2006/07 season. Despite the team-s ordinary start, Van Egmond eventually took the Jets to the Preliminary Final in 2006/07.

This round in 2007… A rematch of the previous season-s Grand Final (where Melbourne thrashed Adelaide 6-0) saw Adelaide United gain some revenge with a comprehensive 4-1 win to the Reds at Hindmarsh Stadium in Round Eight 2007/08.

Note. - Squads subject to change - Match date and kick-off times are subject to change without notice.