Hyundai A-League Round 6 Preview

All the In's and Out's for Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League

Round 6 Preview

The Hyundai A-League FIFA Fair Play Round 6 kicks-off tomorrow with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC sharing the lead at the top of the table and Adelaide United in red hot form after making it through to the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Champions League.

All Hyundai A-League match officials will display a RESPECT badge on their shirts from tomorrow onwards.

The values of respect for team mates, respect for the coach, respect for the referee and respect for fans are relevant during FIFA Fair Play round as well as for every football match played on any pitch around Australia.

Weekend Matches

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory Friday 26 September Bluetongue Stadium Local kick off 8.00pm AEST Referee. Mark Shield

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Sky Sports 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM and 6PR (Perth). 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 (Promoted), Andrew Clark (Returns from Illness)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Andre Gumprecht (Knee - Indefinite), Dean Heffernan (Leg - Indefinite), Greg Owens (Hamstring - Indefinite), Danny Vukovic (Suspended - 2 rounds), Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season)

Perth Squad: 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 8.James ROBINSON, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Frank JURIC (gk), 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 27.Stuart McLAREN.

In: Frank Juric (promoted).

Out: Tando Velaphi (National Youth League)

Others Unavailable: Josip Magdic (ankle - season), Hayden Foxe (foot - 2 weeks), James Downey (calf - 1 week), Dino Djublic (suspended - 3 weeks), Amaral (hamstring - 2 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Central Coast Mariners will be aiming to continue the most dominant Hyundai A-League home record over another team: the Mariners have won all four previous matches against Glory at Bluetongue Stadium, with a goals for-against record of 8-1. Of all seven current foundation Hyundai A-League teams, no team has such a dominant home record over another.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 9): Central Coast Mariners wins 6, Perth Glory wins 1 (2 draws). In Gosford (played 4): Central Coast Mariners wins 4, Perth Glory wins 0 (0 draws)

Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets Saturday 27 September Hindmarsh Stadium Local kick off 6.30pm (ACST) Referee. Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Sky Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club radio 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, 7. Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 9.Paul AGOSTINO, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (capt.), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 16.Daniel MULLEN, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 22.DIEGO, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 30.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk). * six to be omitted

In: Angelo COSTANZO, Lucas PANTELIS, Paul AGOSTINO, Travis DODD, Fabian BARBIERO, DIEGO (all promoted)

Out: Nil

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

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (C), 5. James HOLLAND, 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 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), 25. Daniel PIORKOWSKI. *one to be omitted

In: Jesper Hakansson (returns from injury), Noel Spencer (promoted)

Out: Edmundo Zura (back - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Shaun Ontong (ankle - indefinite), Ben Kantarovski (Qantas Joeys - 2-3 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Reigning Hyundai A-League player of the year JOEL GRIFFITHS is set to make his 50th appearance in the Hyundai A-League. Griffiths, who has scored 24 goals in his 49 appearances to date, made his Hyundai A-League debut in August 2006 for the Jets against New Zealand Knights.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 10): Adelaide United wins 4, Newcastle Jets wins 4 (2 draws). In Adelaide (played 5): Adelaide United wins 2, Newcastle Jets wins 1 (2 draws).

Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC Sunday 28 September Westpac Stadium Local kick off 5.00pm (2.00pm AEST) Referee. Peter Green

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

Wellington Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 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). * three to be omitted

In: Leo Bertos (return from injury), Vaughan Coveny (promoted)

Out: Nil

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

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

In: Mitchell Prentice (return suspension)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Adam Casey (groin - 1 week), Simon Colosimo (groin - 10 weeks), Mike Enfield (knee - 1 week), Jacob Timpano (ankle - 3 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones A loss or draw for Wellington against Sydney will be the Phoenix's ninth winless match in succession. Only three winless streaks longer than nine matches have previously been recorded in the Hyundai A-League, that being New Zealand Knights with 19 winless matches (Sep-05 to Aug-06), Perth Glory with 18 winless matches (Dec-06 to Nov-07) and Newcastle Jets with 11 winless matches (Jan-06 to Oct-06). Wellington's current winless streak started with a home loss to Sydney (L0-2) in Jan-08.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 3): Wellington Phoenix wins 1, Sydney FC wins 1 (1 draw). In Wellington (played 2): Wellington Phoenix wins 0, Sydney FC wins 1 (1 draw)

Melbourne Victory v Queensland Roar Sunday 28 September Telstra Dome Local kick off 5.00pm AEST Referee. Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Sky Sports 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM. To purchase tickets visit

Melbourne Victory Squad 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (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, 18. Leigh BROXHAM, 19.Evan BERGER. 40. Lou ACEVSKI (gk) *one to be omitted

In: Leigh Broxham, Lou Acevski (on loan)

Out: Michael Theoklitos (suspended)

Others Unavailable: Nick Ward (calf - 3 weeks), Ney Fabiano (suspended - 5 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, 15 Matt McKAY, 16 Hyuk-Su SEO, 18 Danny TIATTO, 20 Griffin McMASTER (rgk), 23 Tim SMITS. *one to be omitted

In: Tim Smits (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Josh McCloughan (hip injury), Robbie Kruse (injury)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Melbourne Victory is aiming for its tenth consecutive undefeated match when it comes up against the Roar on Sunday. Only twice before in the Hyundai A-League has a team gone ten matches in a row without a loss - Central Coast Mariners with 12 undefeated matches (Nov-05 to Feb-06) and Melbourne Victory with 10 undefeated matches (Jan-07 to Oct-07).

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 9): Melbourne Victory wins 5, Queensland Roar wins 3 (1 draw). In Melbourne (played 4): Melbourne Victory wins 2, Queensland Roar wins 2 (0 draws).

Birthday boys

ISYAN ERDOGAN (Adelaide United) turns 26 on Thursday 25-Sep

And a happy Hyundai A-League debut anniversary goes to… Glen Moss who made his Hyundai A-League debut on 22-09-05 for New Zealand Knights (L0-1 v Perth Glory)


2005/06 All four away teams won in Round Six 2005/06 - this feat only occurring twice since. Adelaide United cruised to a four-point lead at the top of the ladder after this round, after defeating New Zealand Knights 2-1; the biggest upset of the round was second-placed Central Coast going down in Gosford to third-last Melbourne Victory.

2006/07 Round Six 2006/07 was highlighted by a convincing 4-1 victory by Melbourne over second-placed Queensland, the win earning the Victory a seven point gap at the head of the ladder. Meanwhile Sydney FC guest player Attillo Carbone stole the show in a destructive Hyundai A-League debut, Sydney hammering Adelaide United 4-1 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

2007/08 Round Six 2007/08 was the only Hyundai A-League round to date where all four home teams recorded wins. The biggest boilover of this round was Adelaide's 2-1 win over Central Coast, with United second-last and the Mariners clearly heading the ladder leading into this round. This weekend's round of matches also saw Wellington's biggest win-to-date, a 4-1 home defeat of Perth Glory.

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