Hyundai A-League Round 15 Squad Preview

All the squad and match news for Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League

Round 15 Preview

It could be another table-shifting round this weekend as teams continue to battle for a spot in the top 4. But who will make the cut?

Meanwhile - proving the football adage that the more games you play, the better you get - Hyundai A-League leaders Adelaide United take on Waitakere United in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, tonight (7.45pm local, 9.45pm AEDT).

Weekend Match

Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory Saturday 13 December Westpac Stadium, Wellington Local Kick off 7.00pm NZDT (3.00pm AWDT) Referee: Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM and 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit www.premier.ticketek.co.nz

Wellington Phoenix: 20. Glen MOSS (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, 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain), 25. Manny MUSCAT, 30. Scott HIGGINS (gk).*one to be omitted

In: 5. Karl DODD (promoted), 30. Scott HIGGINS (gk, short-term injury replacement).

Out: 1. Mark PASTON (ribs - four weeks), 27. FRED (personal).

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee - season)

Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 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, 28.Andrija JUKIC. *three to be omitted

In: 3.David TARKA (promoted), 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA (return from injury), 21.Mark LEE (promoted), 28.Andrija JUKIC (promoted from Youth Team).

Out: 4.Jamie COYNE (calf - 3 weeks).

Others Unavailable: Josip MAGDIC (ankle - season), AMARAL (hamstring - season), James ROBINSON (abdomen - 3 weeks), Hayden Foxe (leg - test).

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Wellington Phoenix are on a three match home winning streak, a feat that no New Zealand team has ever achieved in the Hyundai A-League.

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

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC Saturday 13 December Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Local kick off 7.00pm AEDT Referee: Peter Green

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. 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, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 13. Paul O'GRADY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk). three to be omitted

In: 8.Dean HEFFERNAN (Promoted), 13.Paul O'GRADY (Promoted), 19.Matt SIMON (Promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Nigel BOOGAARD (Suspended - 1 week), Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 7. Rob MIDDLEBY, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 16. Chris PAYNE, 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: 18. Adam CASEY (quadricep - 2 weeks), 4. Simon COLOSIMO (groin - 2 weeks), 22. Mike ENFIELD (knee - indefinite), 15. Terry McFLYNN (knee - 4 weeks), 5. Mitchell PRENTICE (groin - 1 week), 11. Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder - 4 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones These two teams have scored the most number of goals of any pair of Hyundai A-League teams. In 12 previous encounters between the Mariners and Sydney FC, 45 goals have been scored, an average of 3.75 per game.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 12): Central Coast Mariners wins 3, Sydney FC wins 6 (3 draws). In Gosford (played 5): Central Coast Mariners wins 1, Sydney FC wins 3 (1 draw).

Queensland Roar v Newcastle Jets Sunday 14 December Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Local kick off 6.00pm AQST (7.00pm AEDT) Referee: Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle. To purchase tickets visit www.premier.ticketek.com.au

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. two to be omitted

In: 7. Michael ZULLO (returns form illness), 13. Chris GROSSMAN (promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: REINALDO (groin injury), Hyuk-Su SEO (calf injury), David DODD (groin injury), Isaka Cernak (knee injury).

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 5. James HOLLAND, 7. Kaz PATAFTA, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 14. Shaun ONTONG, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 24. Marko JESIC, 26. Mark MILLIGAN, 30. Justin PASFIELD (gk). *two to be omitted

In: 7. Kaz Patafta (promoted), 10. Jin-Hyung Song (returns from injury), 9. Joel Griffiths (returns from suspension, 26. Mark Milligan (returns from suspension).

Out: 19. Jason Naidovski (knee - 6 weeks), 6. Jesper Hakansson.

Others Unavailable: 15. Jason Hoffman (knee - season),18. Noel Spencer (ankle - indefinite), 20. Ben Kennedy (ankle - 6 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Remarkably, the Queensland Roar have lost all previous home games against Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League. In fact, in their five previous encounters at Suncorp Stadium, the Roar have never even scored a goal against the Jets, having lost 0-1 four times, and 0-3 in the remaining match.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 12): Queensland Roar wins 4, Newcastle Jets wins 6 (2 draws). In Brisbane (played 5): Queensland Roar wins 0, Newcastle Jets wins 5 (0 draws).

Please Note: **Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United** Tuesday 6 January Telstra Dome, Melbourne Local kick off 7.30pm AEDT (7.00pm ACDT)

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

BIRTHDAY BOYS

Diego (Adelaide United) turns 29 on Monday 08-Dec Tommy Oar (Queensland Roar) turns 17 on Wednesday 10-Dec Craig Moore (Queensland Roar) turns 33 on Friday 12-Dec Josh McCloughan (Queensland Roar) turns 33 on Friday 12-Dec Daniel (Wellington Phoenix) turns 29 on Friday 12-Dec Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix) turns 32 on Saturday 13-Dec Vaughan Coveny (Wellington Phoenix) turns 37 on Saturday 13-Dec

THIS ROUND RE-WOUND

2005/06 Perth Glory and Wollongong football legend Matthew Horsley retired after a stellar career as the Glory drew 2-2 with Central Coast Mariners in Round 15, 2005/06.

2006/07 Melbourne moved to an astounding 13 point lead at the top of the ladder after Round 15, 2006/07 following a drama-filled 3-1 defeat of Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

2007/08 Round 15, 2007/08 included perhaps the most event-filled Hyundai A-League match to date as Sydney defeated Central Coast 5-4, a sending-off and match-winning goal both deep in injury time capping off a tremendous spectacle at Bluetongue Stadium.