Hyundai A-League - Round 4 Preview

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Round 4 Preview

HAL Stats, Facts & Milestones

Can the goal spurt continue?

After a slow start (5 goals in Round 1), a massive 40 goals were scored in Rounds 2 and 3 of the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season. The 21 goals scored in Round 3, and 19 scored in Round 2, both rank in the top five all time most goals scored in a Hyundai A-League round.

MOST GOALS SCORED IN A ROUND, HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE 21 Round 3, 2008/09 21 Round 18, 2007/08 19 Round 11, 2005/06 19 Round 16, 2005/06 19 Round 2, 2008/09 18 Round 10, 2007/08

The average 5.25 goals scored in each Round 3 match ranks right up there as one of the highest averages ever recorded in a Round in Australian national league history. In the old NSL, which went from 1977 to 2004, only one round out of the 757 total rounds has a higher average (Round 30, 2000/01 - 41 goals in seven games, average 5.86 per game).

Weekend Matches

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United Friday 12 September Telstra Dome Local kick off 8.00pm AEST Referee. Matthew Breeze

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and Sky Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide). To purchase tickets visit

Melbourne Victory Squad 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 4.Steven PACE, 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, 18.Leigh BROXHAM, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk).*One to be omitted

In: Steven Pace (promoted), Leigh Broxham (promoted), Sebastian Ryall (promoted)

Out: Jose Luis Lopez (international duty - 1 week), Michael Thwaite (injured - ankle, one week).

Others Unavailable: Nick Ward (calf - 1 week)

Adelaide United Squad: 20. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2. Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4. Angelo COSTANZO, 7. Lucas PANTELIS, 9. Paul AGOSTINO, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (capt.), 14. Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 16. Daniel MULLEN, 18. Fabian BARBIERO, 19. Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 22. DIEGO, 24. Paul REID, 30 Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk).

In: Diego (returns from injury), Daniel Mullen (promoted), Fabian Barbiero (promoted)

Out: Alemao (groin - 2 week), Jason Spagnuolo (omitted), Robert Younis (omitted)

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

Stats, Facts & Milestones Adelaide United is aiming to maintain their run of undefeated matches, when they take on Melbourne Victory this Friday. Leading into Round 4, the Reds have played 13 matches without defeat in all official matches, which includes the last round of the 2007-08 Hyundai A-League season, the group stage of the 2008 AFC Champions League, the 2008 Pre-Season Cup campaign, plus the first three rounds of the current season. The longest winning streak set by a Hyundai A-League club in one season was 12, set by the Central Coast Mariners who had a consecutive 12 league and finals games, undefeated in the 2005-06 season.

Michael Theoklitos celebrates his third anniversary in the Hyundai A-League, after he made his debut on 9th September for Melbourne Victory, ironically against Adelaide United. HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (12 matches): Melbourne 4 wins, Adelaide United 5 wins (3 draws). In Melbourne (6 matches): Melbourne 3 wins, Adelaide 2 wins (1 draw).

Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC Saturday 13 September EnergyAustralia Stadium Local kick off 7.00pm AEST Referee. Peter O-Leary

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and delayed coverage on Sky Sports 1. To purchase tickets visit

Newcastle Jets Squad:1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 5. James HOLLAND, 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 15. Jason HOFFMAN, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 18. Noel SPENCER, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 23. Edmundo ZURA.

In: Adam Griffiths (return from injury)

Out: Adam D-Apuzzo (suspended - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Shaun Ontong (ankle - indefinite)

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, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23. John ALOISI, 26. Dez GIRALDI. * One to be omitted

In: Nikolas Tsattalios (promoted), Stuart Musialik (return suspension), Brendon Santalab (return injury)

Out: Simon Colosimo (groin - 12 weeks), Jacob Timpano (ankle - 5 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Mike Enfield (knee - 2 weeks), Adam Casey (groin - 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones The next goal scored by Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League competition will be the club-s 100th goal. Other clubs to have already reached 100 Hyundai A-League goals milestone are Melbourne Victory (113 goals, 69 games), Sydney FC (107 goals, 73 games), Adelaide United (106 goals in 73 games) and the Central Coast Mariners (100 goals, 73 games).

Also Newcastle Jets- Matt Thompson, is set to become the first player to reach 75 Hyundai A-League matches milestone. Heading into Round 4, the all-time Hyundai A-League appearance leaderboard stands at:

74 Matt Thompson (Newcastle Jets) 72 Iain Fyfe (Sydney FC) 71 Clint Bolton (Sydney FC) 71 Travis Dodd (Adelaide United) 68 Sasho Petrovski (Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners)

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (11 matches): Newcastle 2 wins, Sydney 5 wins (4 draws) In Newcastle (5 matches): Newcastle 2 wins, Sydney 2 wins (1 draw)

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 14 September Westpac Stadium Local kick off 5.00pm (3.00pm AEST) Referee. Strebre Delovski

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

Wellington Squad: 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, 12. Richard JOHNSON, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 15. Adam KWASNIK, 16. David MULLIGAN, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 21. Leilei GAO, 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain). * four to be omitted

In: Tim Brown (promoted), Shane Smeltz (return from illness), Ben Sigmund (promoted), Jeremy Christie (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Vince LIA (knee - season).

Central Coast Squad: 40. Mark BOSNICH (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, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), * one to be omitted

In: Adrian Caceres (Returns from Injury), Paul O'Grady (Promoted)

Out: Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season)

Others Unavailable: 2. Andre Gumprecht (Knee - Indefinite), 8. Dean Heffernan (Leg - Indefinite), 12. Greg Owens (Hamstring - Indefinite), 20. Danny Vukovic (Suspended - 4 rounds)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Wellington Phoenix will be hoping to continue on from the success of the New Zealand national team, who last weekend secured top place in the Oceania 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying group. The Kiwis- 3-1 win over New Caledonia earns New Zealand qualification to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and a play-off berth in the Intercontinental 2010 World Cup qualification match against the fifth-placed Asian qualifier in late 2009. Last weekend-s victorious New Zealand side starred no less than six Wellington Phoenix players (Glen Moss, David Mulligan, Tony Lochhead, Ben Sigmund, Shane Smeltz and Jeremy Christie), and Phoenix coach Riki Herbert, with Smeltz (two goals) and Sigmund scoring the New Zealand goals.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (3 matches): Wellington 0 wins, Central Coast 3 wins (0 draws). In Wellington (1 match): Wellington 0 wins, Central Coast 1 win (0 draws).

Perth Glory v Queensland Roar Sunday 14 September Members Equity Stadium Local kick off 3.00pm (5.00pm AEST) Referee. Ben Williams

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and Sky Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit

Perth Squad: 1.Jason PETKOVIC (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, 15.Hayden DOYLE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Frank JURIC (gk), 21.Mark LEE, 24.Anthony SKORICH. * Two to be omitted

In: Jamie Harnwell (return from injury), Hayden Doyle (promoted), Naum Sekulovski (return from injury), Mark Lee (promoted)

Out: Dino Djublic (suspended), James Downey (calf - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Josip Magdic (ankle - 6 weeks), Hayden Foxe (foot - 4 weeks)

Queensland Squad: 1 Liam REDDY (gk), 2 Andrew PACKER, 3 Luke DEVERE, 4 Craig MOORE, 6 Dave DODD, 7 Michael ZULLO, 8 Massimo MURDOCCA, 9 Sergio VAN DIJK, 10 Charlie MILLER, 11 Reinaldo, 12 Tahj MINNIECON, 14 Ben GRIFFIN, 15 Matt McKAY, 16 Hyuk-Su SEO, 18 Danny TIATTO, 20 Griffin McMASTER (rgk), 21 Tommy OAR, 22 Robbie KRUSE, 23 Tim SMITS. *four to be omitted

In: Dave Dodd (promoted), Tim Smits (promoted), Ben Griffin (promoted), Tommy Oar (promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: 5 Josh McCloughan (hip injury), 19 Isaka Cernak (back injury)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Perth Glory, who have not kept a clean sheet in their past 17 matches, will be aiming not to equal the all-time Hyundai A-League record of conceding goals in most consecutive matches when they come up against the Roar. The current Hyundai A-League record for conceding in most consecutive matches was set by the New Zealand Knights, who went for 18 matches in a row without a clean sheet in the 2005/06 season. The last time Perth kept a clean sheet was on 7-Oct-07 (D0-0 v Adelaide United).

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (9 matches): Perth 1 win, Queensland 6 wins (2 draws). In Perth (5 matches): Perth 1 win, Queensland 4 wins (0 draws).

Birthday boys

BRENDAN SANTALAB (Sydney FC) turns 26 on Tuesday 6-Sep MICHAEL ZULLO (Queensland Roar) turns 20 on Thursday 11-Sep

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