Hyundai A-League Round 18 Preview

All the in's and out's from this weekend's Round 18 fixtures.

Round 18 Preview

As we bring in the New Year players, coaches and teams all have their eyes on the top 4 spots on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

The excitement and anticipation continues to intensify in the competition - only four rounds to go!

Weekend Matches

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory Wednesday 31 December Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Local Kick off 6.00pm AEDT (4.00pm (AWDT) Referee: Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM and 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2. Andre GUMPRECHT, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 12. Greg OWENS, 13. Paul O'GRADY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk) *one to be omitted

In: 9. Nik MRDJA (Promoted), 12. Greg OWENS (Promoted), 13. Paul O'GRADY (Promoted)

Out: 11. Dylan MACALLISTER (Suspended - 1 week), 19. Matt SIMON (Suspended - 1 week).

Others Unavailable: 16. Nigel BOOGAARD (Ankle - Indefinite), 21. Ahmad ELRICH (Knee - Season)

Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 25.Marc ANTHONY, 29.Victor SIKORA, 31.Scott NEVILLE

In: 4.Jamie COYNE (return from injury), 11.Scott BULLOCH (promoted), 31.Scott NEVILLE (promoted from Youth Team)

Out: 3.David TARKA (omitted), 14.Eugene DADI (omitted), 22.Wayne SRHOJ (corked thigh - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Josip MAGDIC (ankle - season), AMARAL (hamstring - season), James ROBINSON (abdomen - 1 week), Hayden FOXE (leg - test), Hayden DOYLE (ankle - 2 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones

This is Central Coast's fourth New Year's Eve fixture, the Mariners having won just one (and lost two) of their previous three New Year's Eve fixtures.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 11): Central Coast Mariners wins 7, Perth Glory wins 1 (3 draws). In Gosford (played 5): Central Coast Mariners wins 5, Perth Glory wins 0 (0 draws).

Melbourne Victory v Queensland Roar Friday 2 January Telstra Dome, Melbourne Local kick off 8.00pm AEDT (7.00pm AQST) Referee: Peter O-Leary

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM. To purchase tickets visit

Melbourne Victory: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (c), 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.Sebastian RYALL, 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. *two to be omitted

In: 8.Grant BREBNER, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Nil

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, 12.Tahj MINNIECON, 14.Ben GRIFFIN, 15.Matthew McKAY, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 21.Tommy OAR.

In: Ben GRIFFIN (promoted), Danny TIATTO (returns from suspension).

Out: Tim SMITS (omitted), Chris GROSSMAN (omitted).

Others Unavailable: REINALDO (groin injury), Isaka Cernak (knee injury), Charlie MILLER (hernia).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Melbourne Victory are aiming to become the first Hyundai A-League club to attract an aggregate home attendance of one million people. Following their last home match, against Sydney FC, the Victory have accrued an aggregate home crowd of 976,200 in its 40 Hyundai A-League home matches, meaning that another 23,800 people are needed to break the 1,000,000 home crowd milestone.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 11): Melbourne Victory wins 6, Queensland Roar wins 4 (1 draw). In Melbourne (played 5): Melbourne Victory wins 2, Queensland Roar wins 3 (0 draws).

Adelaide United v Sydney FC Saturday 3 January Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Local kick off 7.30pm ACDT (8.00pm AEDT) Referee: Chris Beath

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 2. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide). To purchase tickets visit

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, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 50.Matthew NASH. *three to be omitted

In: Angelo COSTANZO (promoted), Michael VALKANIS, Jonas SALLEY, Matthew NASH (short term signing).

Out: Tommi TOMICH (contract ended).

Others Unavailable: Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (ankle - 5 weeks), DIEGO (quad - 1 week), Daniel BELTRAME (gk) (knee - season), Lucas PANTELIS (knee - indefinite).

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, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23.John ALOISI, 27.Matthew JURMAN, 28.Bobby PETTA, 29.Beau BUSCH, 32.Brendan GAN, 34. Rhyan GRANT.

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: 18.Adam CASEY (quadricep - 1 week), 22.Mike ENFIELD (knee - indefinite), 5. Mitchell PRENTICE (groin - 2 weeks), 11.Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder - 3 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Adelaide United have scored in each of their past 13 games and will be aiming to create a new Hyundai A-League record for scoring in most consecutive home matches - 14. The last time Adelaide were held scoreless at home was in November 2007.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 13): Adelaide United wins 4, Sydney FC wins 7 (2 draws). In Adelaide (played 6): Adelaide United wins 3, Sydney FC wins 2 (1 draw).

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets Sunday 4 January Westpac Stadium, Wellington Local kick off 7.00pm NZDT (5.00pm AEDT) Referee. Craig Zetter

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM and 1233 ABC Newcastle. To purchase tickets visit

Wellington Phoenix: 1.Mark PASTON (gk), 2.Jeremy CHRISTIE, 3.Tony LOCHHEAD, 5.Karl DODD, 6.Tim BROWN, 7.Leo BERTOS, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Michael FERRANTE, 11.DANIEL, 12.Richard JOHNSON, 13.Troy HEARFIELD, 15.Adam KWASNIK, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 23.Costa BARBAROUSES, 25.Manny MUSCAT. *one to be omitted

In: 12.Richard JOHNSON (promoted), 18.Ben SIGMUND (return from injury), 23.Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted).

Out: 4.Jon McKAIN (suspended - 1 week), 22.Andrew DURANTE (suspended - 1 week).

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee - season)

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Ante COVIC, 2.Adam GRIFFITHS, 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, 26.Mark MILLIGAN, 29.Sean ROONEY, 30.Justin PASFIELD *one to be omitted

In: 7.Kaz Patafta, 14.Shaun Ontong, 17.Antun Kovacic

Out: 3.Jade North, 24.Marko Jesic (knee).

Others Unavailable: 15.Jason Hoffman (knee - season),18.Noel Spencer (ankle - indefinite), 20.Ben Kennedy (ankle - season), 19.Jason Naidovski (knee - season).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Newcastle's Mark Milligan is set to make his 50th appearance in the Hyundai A-League.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 5): Wellington Phoenix wins 2, Newcastle Jets wins 2 (1 draw). In Wellington (played 2): Wellington Phoenix wins 1, Newcastle Jets wins 1 (0 draws).

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


2005/06 Adelaide United wrapped up the inaugural Hyundai A-League Premiership in Round 18, 2005/06, Adelaide with an 11 point lead at the top of the ladder following a 2-1 away win over Perth Glory.

2006/07 A crowd of almost 21,000 saw Sydney put a dent in Newcastle's 2007 finals aspirations, in a classic match won 2-0 by Sydney at EnergyAustralia Stadium in Round 18, 2006/07

2007/08 A Hyundai A-League record of 21 goals were scored in Round 18, 2007/08, including a sensational 5-2 win by seventh-placed Melbourne over front-runners Central Coast in the New Year's Eve match at the Mariners' Bluetongue Stadium.


John Hutchinson (Central Coast Mariners) turns 29 on Monday 29-Dec Tarek Elrich (Newcastle Jets) turns 21 on Thursday 1-Jan Jamie Coyne (Perth Glory) turns 27 on Friday 2-Jan Jacob Timpano (Sydney FC) turns 22 on Saturday 3-Jan