Hyundai A-League Round 14 Preview

All the squad news for Round 14 of the Hyundai A-League

The count down to the finals series is on, and with eight rounds to go, the top 4 places beckon!

The action will heat up this weekend with only two wins separating 1st from 6th place on the Hyundai A-League ladder. In 90 minutes anything could happen - it-s now or never.

Weekend Match

Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix Friday 5 December Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Local Kick off 7.30pm ACDT (5.30pm NZDT) Referee: Matthew Breeze

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

Adelaide United Squad: 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 5.Michael VALKANIS, 6.CASSIO, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 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, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 30.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk). *five to be omitted

In: Robert Cornthwaite (promoted), Michael Valkanis (promoted), Cassio (promoted), Robert Younis (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Daniel Beltrame (knee - season), Lucas Pantelis (knee - Indefinite)

Wellington Phoenix: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Jeremy CHRISTIE, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain), 25. Manny MUSCAT, 27. FRED. *one to be omitted

In: Karl Dodd (return from suspension).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee - season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Having scored in each of their previous 12 Hyundai A-League home matches, Adelaide United are aiming to equal Sydney FC's all-time record of scoring in consecutive home matches: 13. The last time Adelaide did not score in a Hyundai A-League match at Hindmarsh Stadium was on 2-Nov-07, when the Reds lost 0-1 to Queensland Roar. Adelaide United are aiming for their 500,000th home spectator in the Hyundai A-League this weekend. Up until Adelaide's previous home match, against Sydney FC, the South Australian club had recorded an aggregate audience of 494,688 to its 42 home matches to date, meaning that the 5,312th person to come through the gates against Wellington this Friday will be number 500,000.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 4): Adelaide United wins 3, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (1 draw). In Adelaide (played 2): Adelaide United wins 2, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (0 draws).

Central Coast Mariners v Queensland Roar Saturday 6 December Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Local kick off 6.00pm AEDT (5.00pm AQST) Referee: Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM. To purchase tickets visit www.premier.ticketek.com.au

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2. Andre GUMPRECHT, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 6. David D'APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 15. Andrew CLARK, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 26. Chris TADROSSE, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk). two to be omitted

In: Pedj Bojic (Returns from Suspension), David D'Apuzzo (Promoted), Andrew Clark (Promoted).

Out: Nigel Boogaard (Suspended - 2 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season)

Queensland Roar Squad: 1.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Andrew PACKER, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Craig MOORE (c), 5.Josh McCLOUGHAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Charlie MILLER, 12.Tahj MINNIECON, 13. Chris GROSSMAN, 14.Ben GRIFFIN, 15.Matthew McKAY, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 23.Tim SMITS. one to be omitted

In: Chris Grossman (promoted), Ben Griffin (promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Reinaldo (groin injury), Hyuk-Su Seo (calf injury), David Dodd (groin injury), Isaka Cernak (knee injury)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Queensland Roar are the only Hyundai A-League team that the Mariners have yet to defeat at Bluetongue Stadium. In four previous matches in Gosford, the Roar have won two and drawn two. The Roar are currently on a seven match undefeated away streak (against all teams); the last time Queensland lost away was a 2-3 defeat (in extra time) against Newcastle Jets in last season's Preliminary Final at EnergyAustralia Stadium. The next Hyundai A-League goal scored by Queensland Roar will be the club's 100th in the Hyundai A-League.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 10): Central Coast Mariners wins 2, Queensland Roar wins 3 (5 draws). In Gosford (played 4): Central Coast Mariners wins 0, Queensland Roar wins 2 (2 draws).

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory Saturday 6 December Members Equity Stadium, Perth Local kick off 6.00pm AWDT (8.00pm AEDT) Referee: Peter Green

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth) and SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 21.Mark LEE, 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 25.Marc ANTHONY. *three to be omitted

In: Jason Petkovic (promoted), David Tarka (promoted), Scott Bulloch (promoted), Naum Sekulovski (return from injury).

Out: Frank Juric (omitted)

Others Unavailable: Josip Magdic (ankle - season), James Robinson (abdomen - 4 weeks), Hayden Foxe (leg - 1 week), Amaral (knee - 1 week).

Melbourne Victory: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Jose LUIS LOPEZ, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD. *one to be omitted

In: Evan Berger (return from injury)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Nil

Stats, Facts & Milestones Perth Glory are aiming for their sixth consecutive undefeated home match. The Glory have never been unbeaten in six home matches in a row in the same season before.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 10): Perth Glory wins 2, Melbourne Victory wins 4 (4 draws). In Perth (played 4): Perth Glory wins 2, Melbourne Victory wins 1 (1 draw)

Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC Sunday 7 December EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Local kick off 5.00pm AEDT Referee: Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 2. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle. 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, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 14. Shaun ONTONG, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 19. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 24. Marko JESIC. *one to be omitted

In: Kaz Patafta (promoted)

Out: Ben Kennedy (gk) (ankle - 6 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Jason Hoffman (knee - season), Noel Spencer (ankle - indefinite), Joel Griffiths (suspended), Mark Milligan (suspended), Jin-Hyung Song (ankle - 1 week).

Sydney FC Squad: 1.Clint BOLTON (gk), 2.Iain FYFE, 5.Mitchell PRENTICE, 7.Rob MIDDLEBY, 8.Stuart MUSIALIK, 10.Steve CORICA (c), 12 Shannon COLE, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20 Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23.John ALOISI, 28.Bobby PETTA, 29.Beau BUSCH, 31. Antony GOLEC, 32.Brendan GAN.

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Adam Casey (quadricep - 2 weeks), Simon Colosimo (groin - 3 weeks), Mike Enfield (knee - indefinite), Terry McFlynn (knee - 5 weeks), Brendon Santalab (shoulder - 5 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Newcastle Jets are aiming for their 500,000th home spectator in the Hyundai A-League this weekend. Up until Newcastle's previous home match, against Adelaide United, the Jets had recorded an aggregate audience of 496,021 to its 42 home matches to date, meaning that the 3,979th person to come through the gates against Sydney this Sunday will be number 500,000.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 12): Newcastle Jets wins 2, Sydney FC wins 5 (5 draws). In Newcastle (played 6): Newcastle Jets wins 2, Sydney FC wins 2 (2 draws)

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

BIRTHDAY BOYS

Grant Brebner (Melbourne Victory) turns 31 on Saturday 6-Dec - on the same day as the Victory play Perth at Members Equity Stadium.

THIS ROUND RE-WOUND

2005/06 One of the most memorable clashes of the first Hyundai A-League season occurred in Round 14, 2005/06, when Adelaide (1st) defeated Sydney (2nd) 3-2 at Hindmarsh Stadium, Japanese superstar Kazu Miura scoring both of Sydney-s goals, and Brazilian Fernando scoring a late winner for the Reds.

2006/07 One of the world-s greatest players of recent decades, Brazil-s Romario, played his first of four Hyundai A-League matches for Adelaide United in Round 14, 2006/07, as the Reds lost 0-2 away to Central Coast Mariners.

2007/08 Round 14, 2007/08 saw four draws in four matches - the only time this has ever happened in the Hyundai A-League.