Hyundai A-League Round 5 Preview

All the news and squads for Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League

Some intriguing match-ups in the Hyundai A-League this week, as Round 5 kicks-off tomorrow - with the top four and bottom four meeting each other in what could be a table-shifting weekend.

The Socceroos coach, Pim Verbeek, will criss-cross the country to take in matches in Brisbane, the Central Coast and Perth, so all players are likely to be on their best performance.

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HAL Stats, Facts & Milestones

Can Charlie-s stunning start continue?

Queensland Roar's CHARLIE MILLER could break an all-time Australian national league goalscoring record is he scores against the Jets this weekend - Miller will be aiming to become the first player in Australian domestic league to score in each of his first five appearances. The only other player to score in each of their first four appearances at national league level in Australia was Alun Evans, who netted in his first four appearances in the old NSL way back in 1978, for South Melbourne.

Weekend Matches

Queensland Roar v Newcastle Jets Friday 12 September Suncorp Stadium Local kick off 8.00pm AEST Referee. Craig Zetter

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and delayed coverage on Sky Sports 2. To purchase tickets visit

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 (gk), 23 Tim SMITS. *two to be omitted

In: Tim Smits (promoted), Ben Griffin (promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Josh McCloughan (hip injury), Isaka Cernak (back 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, 15. Jason HOFFMAN, 18. Noel SPENCER, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 23. Edmundo ZURA, 25. Daniel PIORKOWSKI. *one to be omitted

In: Kaz Patafta (promoted), Adam D-Apuzzo (returns from suspension), Noel Spencer (promoted)

Out: Jesper Hakansson (concussion - 1 week), Ben Kantarovski (knee - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Shaun Ontong (ankle - indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Queensland Roar's CHARLIE MILLER will be aiming to equal the Hyundai A-League record for scoring in most consecutive appearances when he tries to score in his fifth consecutive appearance. The only other player to have scored in five consecutive Hyundai A-League appearances is Joel Griffiths, who scored for the Newcastle Jets in five matches in a row in Dec-Jan in the 2007/08 season.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 10): Queensland Roar wins 3, Newcastle Jets wins 5 (2 draws). In Brisbane (played 4): Queensland Roar wins 0, Newcastle Jets wins 4 (0 draws).

Sydney FC v Adelaide United Saturday 20 September Sydney Football Stadium Local kick off 5.00pm (AEST) Referee. Ben Williams

Live and 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

Sydney FC Squad: 1.Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 3. Nikolas TSATTALIOS, 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, 27. Matthew JURMAN. * One to be omitted

In: Nikolas Tsattalios (promoted), Dez Giraldi (promoted)

Out: Mitchell Prentice (suspended - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Adam Casey (groin - 1 week), Simon Colosimo (groin - 11 weeks), Mike Enfield (knee - 2 weeks), Jacob Timpano (ankle - 4 weeks)

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). * five to be omitted

In: Cassio (returns from injury), Kristian Sarkies (returns from injury), Jason Spagnuolo (promoted), Robert Younis (promoted), Michael Valkanis (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Alemao (groin - 1 week), Daniel Beltrame (knee - season), Isyan Erdogan (hamstring - indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones The marathon career of STEVE CORICA reaches another massive milestone this weekend with the Sydney FC midfielder scheduled to make his 400th appearance at national league level. Corica commenced his national league career in October 1990 as a 17 year old at Marconi. His lengthy club career has taken him from Marconi (102 national league appearances), to Leicester City (16), Wolverhampton (100) and Walsall (73) in England, and Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima (44), while his next Hyundai A-League match will be his 65th league appearance for Sydney.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 11): Sydney FC wins 6, Adelaide United wins 3 (2 draws). In Sydney (played 6): Sydney FC wins 4, Adelaide United wins 1 (1 draw)

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory Saturday 20 September Bluetongue Stadium Local kick off 7.00pm Referee. Peter Green

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and delayed coverage on Sky Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM. To purchase tickets visit

Central Coast Squad: 40. Mark BOSNICH (gk), 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 6. David D'APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 9. Nik MRDJA, 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), * two to be omitted

In: Nik Mrdja (Returns from Illness), Dylan Macallister (Returns from Illness)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Andre Gumprecht (Knee - Indefinite), Dean Heffernan (Leg - Indefinite), Greg Owens (Hamstring - Indefinite), Danny Vukovic (Suspended - 3 rounds), Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season)

Melbourne Victory Squad 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.Sebastian RYALL, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 19.Evan BERGER. 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk).

In: Michael Thwaite (return from injury), Jose Luis Lopez (return from international duty)

Out: Ney Fabiano (suspended - 9 weeks), Steven Pace (omitted)

Others Unavailable: Nick Ward (calf - 3 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Bluetongue Stadium hosts the Hyundai A-League's three top scorers, with Melbourne's Archie Thompson (30 Hyundai A-League goals), Danny Allsopp (26) and Central Coast's Sasho Petrovski (24 goals) all set to take the field at the same time. Seven goals were scored the last time these teams met, the Victory getting up 5-2 at Bluetongue with Allsopp (two goals) and Thompson (one) among the Melbourne goalscorers.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 9): Central Coast Mariners wins 3, Melbourne Victory wins 4 (2 draws). In Gosford (played 5): Central Coast Mariners wins 2, Melbourne Victory wins 3 (0 draws)

Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix Sunday 21 September Members Equity Stadium Local kick off 3.00pm (5.00pm AEST, 7.00pm NZST) Referee. Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Sky Sports 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth) and Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM. 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, 8.James ROBINSON, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 15.Hayden DOYLE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 21.Mark LEE, 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 24.Anthony SKORICH, 26.Jeff BRIGHT, 27.Stuart McLAREN, 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk) * Five to be omitted

In: Jamie Harnwell (return from injury), Nick Rizzo (promoted), Hayden Doyle (promoted), Naum Sekulovski (return from injury), Mark Lee (promoted), Wayne Srhoj (promoted).

Out: Amaral (hamstring - 3 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Josip Magdic (ankle - 6 weeks), Hayden Foxe (foot - 3 weeks), James Downey (calf - 1 week), Dino Djublic (suspended - 4 weeks)

Wellington Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 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) * one to be omitted

In: Michael Ferrante (promoted), Adam Kwasnik (return from injury).

Out: Vaughan Coveny (omitted).

Others Unavailable: Leo Bertos (groin - 1 week), Vince Lia (knee - season).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Perth Glory have a great extra incentive to keep Wellington scoreless this weekend: the Glory have not kept a clean sheet in their past 18 matches, which is the equal highest run of conceding goals in consecutive Hyundai A-League matches. Conceding a goal against the Phoenix would create new Hyundai A-League record, surpassing the 18-match streak 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 (played 3): Perth Glory wins 0, Wellington Phoenix wins 3 (0 draws). In Perth (played 1): Perth Glory wins 0, Wellington Phoenix wins 1 (0 draws).

Birthday boys

JAMES ROBINSON (Perth Glory) turns 26 on Thursday 18-Sep JONATHAN McKAIN (Wellington Phoenix) turns 26 on Sunday 21-Sep

And a happy Hyundai A-League debut anniversary goes to… who made his Hyundai A-League debut…

Shaun Ontong on 15-09-07 for Adelaide United (L0-1 v Newcastle Jets) Dez Giraldi on 16-09-06 for Adelaide United (W3-0 v Perth Glory) Naum Sekulovski on 17-09-05 for Perth Glory (L1-2 v Adelaide United) Daniel Piorkowski on 18-09-05 for Melbourne Victory (D1-1 v Queensland Roar)

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