Hyundai A-League Round 20 Preview

All the in's and out's for Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League

With only two rounds to go until final series, it-s a tight race. Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, Queensland Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC all have a chance at securing a spot in the Top 4.

And with more ‘six pointers- ahead, anything could happened this weekend.

Weekend Matches

Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Friday 16 January, 2009 Telstra Dome Local kick off 8.00pm AEDT Referee. Peter Green

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM and Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

Melbourne Victory: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.Sebastian RYALL, 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, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD.

In: Michael THWAITE (promoted)

Out: Matthew KEMP (suspended - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Nil

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, 11.Dylan MACALLISTER, 12.Greg OWENS, 13.Paul O'GRADY, 15.Andrew CLARK, 18.Alex WILKINSON, 19.Matt SIMON, 22.Sasho PETROVSKI, 30.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk) *one to be omitted

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

Out: 17.Matthew OSMAN (Groin - Indefinite)

Others Unavailable: 6.David D'APUZZO (Knee - Indefinite), 16.Nigel BOOGAARD (Groin - Indefinite), 21.Ahmad ELRICH (Knee - Season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Melbourne Victory are aiming for their fifth home win in a row, which would equal the all-time Hyundai A-League record for most consecutive wins at home, also set by Melbourne (Feb-Oct 2006)

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 11): Melbourne Victory wins 5, Central Coast Mariners wins 3 (3 draws). In Melbourne (played 5): Melbourne Victory wins 2, Central Coast Mariners wins 1 (2 draws)

Queensland Roar v Sydney FC Saturday 17 January, 2009 Suncorp Stadium Local kick off 7.00pm (8.00pm AEDT) Referee. Craig Zetter

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3. To purchase tickets visit www.premier.ticketek.com.au

Queensland Roar Squad: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Andrew PACKER, 4.Craig MOORE (c), 5.Josh McCLOUGHAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 12. Tahj MINNIECON, 14.Ben GRIFFIN, 15.Matthew McKAY, 16.Hyuk-Su SEO, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 18.Danny TIATTO, 20.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 21.Tommy OAR, 22. Robbie KRUSE, 23. Tim SMITS. *three to be omitted

In: 1. Liam REDDY (returns from injury), 5. Josh McCLOUGHAN (returns from injury), 10. Charlie MILLER (returns from injury), 18. Danny TIATTO (returns from injury), 23. Tim SMITS (returns from illness).

Out: 3. Luke DEVERE (injured), 40. Matt HAM (end of short-term injury contract)

Others Unavailable: REINALDO (groin injury).

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 10. Steve CORICA(c), 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry McFLYNN, 16. Chris PAYNE, 18. Adam CASEY, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 27. Matthew JURMAN, 32. Brendan GAN, 34. Rhyan GRANT, 35. Kofi DANNING, 36. Zach CAIRNCROSS.

In: 18. Adam CASEY (return injury), 27. Matthew JURMAN (return suspension).

Out: 21. Adam BIDDLE (not selected).

Others Unavailable: 23.John ALOISI (quadricep - 1 week), 22.Mike ENFIELD (knee - indefinite), 28.Bobby PETTA (groin - 1 week), 5.Mitchell PRENTICE (groin - 1 weeks), 11.Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder - 2 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Queensland are aiming for their fourth home win in a row, a feat the Roar have never achieved before, while Sydney are aiming to avoid their fourth away defeat in a row, something Sydney has never been though before.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 13): Queensland Roar wins 2, Sydney FC wins 4 (7 draws). In Brisbane (played 6): Queensland Roar wins 2, Sydney FC wins 2 (2 draws)

Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United Sunday 18 January, 2009 Westpac Stadium Local kick off 5.00pm (3.00pm AEDT) Referee. Chris Beath

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 FRESH FM (Adelaide). To purchase tickets visit www.premier.ticketek.co.nz

Wellington Phoenix: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Jeremy CHRISTIE, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Vaughan COVENY, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 15. Adam KWASNIK, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE, 23. Costa BARBAROUSES, 25. Manny MUSCAT.*two to be omitted

In: 8. Vaughan COVENY (promoted), 18. Ben SIGMUND (return from injury), 23. Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted).

Out: 13. Troy HEARFIELD (suspended - 2 weeks).

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee - season)

Adelaide United Squad: 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 5.Michael VALKANIS, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 9.Paul AGOSTINO, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 70.Codey LARKIN (gk) *two to be omitted

In: 9.Paul AGOSTINO (promoted), 4.Angelo COSTANZO (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (ankle - 2 weeks), DIEGO (quad - 2 weeks), Daniel BELTRAME (gk) (knee - season), Daniel MULLEN (knee - 4 weeks), Matthew NASH (gk) (shoulder - 2 weeks), Kristian SARKIES (ankle - 2 weeks), Jason SPAGNUOLO (knee - 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Wellington's Leo Bertos is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance. Wellington's Karl Dodd is set to make his 100th appearance at national league level, incorporating appearances in the national leagues of Australia, Romania and Scotland.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 5): Wellington Phoenix wins 0, Adelaide United wins 4 (1 draw). In Wellington (played 2): Wellington Phoenix wins 0, Adelaide United wins 1 (1 draw).

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory Sunday 18 January, 2009 EnergyAustralia Stadium Local kick off 5.00pm AEDT Referee. Kris Griffiths-Jones

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle and 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit www.proticket.com.au

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 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, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 26. Mark MILLIGAN, 27. Jesse PINTO, 28. Jarrad ROSS, 30. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 32. Brodie MOOY, 33. Taylor REGAN. *one to be omitted

In: 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 33. Taylor REGAN (promoted)

Out: 2. Adam GRIFFITHS (suspended)

Others Unavailable: 15. Jason Hoffman (knee - season), 18. Noel Spencer (ankle - indefinite), 19. Jason Naidovski (knee - season), 20. Ben Kennedy (ankle - 6 weeks), 24. Marko JESIC (knee- season).

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, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 15.Hayden DOYLE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 28.Andrija JUKIC, 29.Victor SIKORA, 31.Scott NEVILLE. *one to be omitted

In: 3.David TARKA (return from suspension), Hayden DOYLE (promoted), Adrian TRINIDAD (return from injury).

Out: 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA (trial in Holland), 14.Eugene DADI (on loan to FC Vaduz)

Others Unavailable: Josip MAGDIC (ankle - season), AMARAL (hamstring - season), James ROBINSON (abdomen - season), Frank JURIC (shoulder - test), Dino DJULBIC (trial in Germany), Hayden FOXE (leg - test), Mark LEE (foot - 1 week), Marc ANTHONY (hamstring - 2 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Perth's Nikolai Topor-Stanley is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 11): Newcastle Jets wins 2, Perth Glory wins 5 (4 draws). In Newcastle (played 5): Newcastle Jets wins 1, Perth Glory wins 4 (0 draws)

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

THIS ROUND RE-WOUND

2005/06 The top four teams of the inaugural Hyundai A-League season was determined in Round 20, 2005/06, with Adelaide, Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle confirming their final four placings all with a game in hand.

2006/07 Adelaide United move into the all-important second spot on the ladder with one round remaining in 2006/07, the Reds scoring in the last minute to secure a critical 1-0 victory over third-placed Sydney FC in front of almost 15,000 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

2007/08 The penultimate round of 2007/08 ends in remarkable fashion with Queensland, Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle all stuck on 31 points at the top of the ladder to ensure a fascinating final round of the 2007/08 season.

BIRTHDAY BOYS

Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix) turns 27 on Monday 12-Jan Leigh Broxham (Melbourne Victory) turns 21 on Tuesday 13-Jan Andrew Redmayne (Central Coast Mariners) turns 20 on Tuesday 13-Jan