Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Round 8 rounds

WITH so many players out of action this week due to Olyroo and New Zealand national team duty, you’re probably scratching your head wondering what the various managers are going to throw out there on the weekend. Here I run the rule over what’s left, and in some cases, it’s pretty thin, with Sydney a chance of sending David Zdrilic back to where it all started, the backline. The only manager that has the luxury of choosing the same 11 from last weekend is Frank Farina, but even then, you sense, away from home, against the combative competition front-runners, he might draft in Mass Murdocca at the expense of one of the youngsters, leaving one of them to provide some impact off the bench. The Phoenix not only have to deal with not having Ricki Herbert and a stack of Kiwi reps around, but they won’t know about Ross Aloisi until after his judiciary hearing tomorrow. I’ve included him and Felipe (who limped off with what looked a serious injury last week) in a possible 11 at this stage, but that could soon change, with Ahmad Elrich the most likely to benefit if either is out. Here are some possible line-ups for this disrupted weekend;

Friday, Hindmarsh Stadium; Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

Adelaide United squad: 1.Daniel BELTRAME (gk), 2.Richie ALAGICH, 3.Milan SUSAK, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 13.Travis DODD (captain), 14.Shaun ONTONG, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 17.Isyan ERDOGAN, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 20.Robert BAJIC (gk), 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 22.DIEGO. 23. Dez GIRALDI.

In: Dez Giraldi (promoted), Shaun Ontong (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Paul Agostino (calf – 1 week), Bobby Petta (calf – 2 weeks), Bruce Djite (ankle – 6 weeks), Nathan Burns (National Team duty), Kristian Sarkies (National Team duty) Michael Valkanis (knee – season)

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-2-3-1); Beltrame; Alagich, Cornthwaite, Costanzo, Cassio; Salley, Diego; Erdogan, Dodd, Pantelis; Giraldi.

Melbourne Victory Squad: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6.Steve PANTELIDIS, 7.Matthew KEMP, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Joseph KEENAN, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 13.Kaz PATAFTA, 14.Adrian CACERES, 15.Leandro LOVE, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17. Daniel VASILEVSKI, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 21.Sebastian RYALL.
* two to be Omitted

In: Ljubo MILICEVIC (returns from injury), Daniel VASILEVSKI (promoted), Evan BERGER (promoted)
Out: Grant BREBNER (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: Daniel PIORKOWSKI (shoulder – 12 weeks), Leigh BROXHAM (thigh – 1 week)

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-3-3); Theoklitos; Ryall, Vargas, Pantelidis, Kennan; Kemp, Milicevic, Hernandez; Love, Allsopp, Thompson.

Friday, Members Equity Stadium; Perth Glory v Sydney FC

Perth Glory Squad: 50.Tommi TOMICH (gk), 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Anthony DANZE, 9.Mate DRAGICEVIC, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Jamie COYNE, 15.Mitchell PRENTICE, 16.Nick RIZZO, 17.Jimmy DOWNEY, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 21.James ROBINSON, 25.Tyler SIMPSON, 20.Danny MILOCEVIC (gk).

In: Dino DJULBIC (return from suspension), Anthony DANZE (promoted), Mate DRAGICEVIC (promoted), Naum SEKULOVSKI (promoted), Danny MILOCEVIC (short term replacement player)
Out: Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (National Team duty), Billy CELESKI (National Team duty), Leo BERTOS (National Team duty), Jordan SIMPSON (National Team duty), Tando VELAPHI (National Team duty)
Unavailable: David TARKA (hamstring – season), Jason PETKOVIC (leg – 3 weeks), Stan LAZARIDIS, Hayden FOXE (knee – 3 weeks), David MICEVSKI (groin – TBA)

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-4-2); Tomich; Downey, Djulbic, Colosimo, Coyne; Simpson, Prentice, Sekulovski, Rizzo; Harnwell, Rukavytsya.

Sydney FC squad: 1.Clint BOLTON (gk), 2.Iain FYFE, 3.Nikolas TSATTALIOS, 4.Mark RUDAN, 6.Tony POPOVIC (captain), 9.David ZDRILIC, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.PATRICK, 13.Ben VIDAIC, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 15.Terry McFLYNN, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Adam BIDDLE, 22.JUNINHO, 23.Ufuk TALAY.

In: Nikolas Tsattalios (promoted), David Zdrilic (promoted), Ben Vidaic (promoted), Adam Biddle (promoted), Ivan Necevski (return from injury).
Out: Ruben Zadkovich (National Team duty), Steve Corica (suspended – two matches), Mark Milligan (National Team duty), Adam Casey (National Team duty), Matthew Nash (gk) (released).
Unavailable: Robbie Middleby (quad - 1-2 weeks), Jacob Timpano (thigh - 1-2 weeks), Michael Enfield (knee - indefinite).

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-2-3-1); Bolton; Zdrilic, Rudan, Popovic, Fyfe; McFlynn, Talay, Santalab, Juninho, Tsattalios; Brosque.

Sunday, EnergyAustralia Stadium; Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2.Adam GRIFFITHS, 3.Jade NORTH (C), 7.Jorge DROVANDI 8.Matt THOMPSON, 9.Joel GRIFFITHS, 10.Denni ROCHA DOS SANTOS, 11.Tarek ELRICH, 12.Paul KOHLER, 14.Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 15.Scott TUNBRIDGE, 17.Troy HEARFIELD, 18.Noel SPENCER, 20.Ben KENNEDY (GK), 21.Mario JARDEL, 23.Jason HOFFMAN, 27.Stephen LAYBUTT
*Two To Be Omitted

In: Scott TUNBRIDGE (Promoted), Jorge DROVANDI (Promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Steve EAGLETON (Injured), Stuart MUSIALIK (National Duty), Andrew DURANTE (Injured), Adam D’APUZZO (National Team Duty), Mark BRIDGE (National Team Duty).

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-2-3-1); Covic; A. Griffiths, North, Laybutt, Thompson; Kohler, Wheelhouse; J. Griffiths, Denni, Hearfield; Jardel.

Wellington Phoenix squad: 4. CLEBERSON, 5. Karl DODD, 7. Ross ALOISI (captain), 8. Vaughan COVENY, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 12. Richard JOHNSON, 13. Steven OLD, 14. Steven O’DOR, 15. George PALADINI, 17. Vince LIA, 18. Ahmad ELRICH, 19. Greg DRAPER, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 21. FELIPE, 22. Royce BROWNLIE, 23. Costa BARBAROUSES, 30. Jacob SPOONLEY (gk).
*three to be omitted

In: DANIEL (return from suspension), Vince LIA (promoted), Royce BROWNLIE (promoted), CLEBERSON (promoted), Ahmad ELRICH (promoted), Greg DRAPER (promoted), Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted), Jacob SPOONLEY (gk, promoted)
Out: Mark PASTON (gk) (National Team Duty), Jeremy CHRISTIE (National Team Duty), Tony LOCHHEAD (National Team Duty), Tim BROWN (National Team Duty), Shane SMELTZ (National Team Duty).
Unavailable: Nil

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-2-3-1); Moss; Lia, O’Dor, Dodd, Old; Johnson, Aloisi; Ferrante, Felipe, Daniel; Coveny.

Sunday, Bluetongue Stadium; Central Coast Mariners v Queensland Roar

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Matthew TROTT (gk), 2.Matt SIMON, 4.Ian McANDREW, 5.Bradley PORTER, 6.Andre GUMPRECHT, 7.John HUTCHINSON, 8.Dean HEFFERNAN, 10.Tom PONDELJAK, 11.Damien BROWN, 12.Greg OWENS, 15.Andrew CLARK, 19.Adam KWASNIK, 22.Sasho PETROVSKI, 23.Mile JEDINAK, 30.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk)

In: Ian McANDREW (Promoted), Bradley PORTER (Promoted), Damien BROWN (Promoted), Andrew REDMAYNE (Promoted)
Out: Nigel BOOGAARD (National Team Duty), Matthew OSMAN (Injury), Danny VUKOVIC (National Team Duty), Damian MORI (Omitted)
Unavailable: Nik MRDJA (Knee – Indefinite), Tony VIDMAR (Suspended – 1 week), 17.Matthew OSMAN (Knee – Indefinite), 18.Alex WILKINSON (Knee – Indefinite)

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-4-2); Trott; Porter, Clark, Jedinak, Brown; Gumprecht, Hutchinson, Pondeljak, Kwasnik; Petrovski, Simon.

Queensland Roar FC Squad: 1.Liam REDDY (gk), 4.Craig MOORE (capt), 5.Josh McCLOUGHAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 9.Simon LYNCH, 11.REINALDO, 14.Ben GRIFFIN, 15.Matt McKAY, 16.Hyuk-Su SEO, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 18.Danny TIATTO, 19.Sasa Ognenovski, 22.Robbie KRUSE, 23.MARCINHO, 30.Griffin McMASTER (gk).
*one to be omitted

In: Mitch Nichols (promoted).
Out: none.
Unavailable: Matt Ham (shoulder injury – out for season), Ante Milicic (groin injury – 2 weeks).

POSSIBLE LINE-UP (4-4-2); Reddy; Seo, Moore, Ognenovski, McCloughan; Murdocca, Tiatto, Marchinho, McKay; Reinaldo, Kruse.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, thanks for this, great work. WHat do you make of A. Vidmar's comments that Muscat will definitely start and what will mean to the Melbourne line-up?

Fri. Oct. 12, 02:21:00 pm AEST  
Blogger The Round Ball Analyst said...

anonymous, thanks for the comment, i did read vidmar's comments in the news ltd press a little earlier and if anyone knows muscat, vidmar would, but it seems to conflict with the fairfax report that muscat stayed back in melbourne and had scans yday.

no doubt about it, muscat's as tough as they come and lynch's report didnt say he wouldnt be playing. it left the possibilty that he might.

no doubt it could all be a bit of cat and mouse, and it wouldnt be the first time merrick has done that this year.

if muscat does play, i would expect either pantelidis or milicevic to partner him in central mid. maybe panta would be the better option in midfield based on the fact that milicevic has hardly played and might be better eased back into it at the back.

if that’s the case, there’s room for one more in midfield, a choice between either hernandez, patafta, caceres or even kemp (if he decides to use ryall at right back)

no doubt about it, merrick has men out, but he still has plenty of options and a lot of depth. i wouldn’t even hesitate throwing evan berger in there, from all reports, the kid can play.

Fri. Oct. 12, 03:01:00 pm AEST  
Blogger The Round Ball Analyst said...

Here's the latest on the Aloisi situation;

A Football Federation Australia (FFA) Disciplinary Hearing today found Wellington Phoenix player Ross Aloisi guilty on a charge of serious foul play.

As a result Aloisi received a one match suspension, which has been suspended and will be activated should Aloisi receive a caution or red card in the next match that he participates in.

The incident involving Aloisi occurred in the 2nd minute of the Hyundai A-League 2007/08 round 7 fixture between Wellington Phoenix and Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 5 October 2007.

Ross Aloisi will be eligible for selection for Wellington Phoenix's round 8 fixture against at Newcastle Jets on Sunday 14 October 2007.

Fri. Oct. 12, 04:51:00 pm AEST  
Blogger Hamish said...

Re: Aloisi.

A slap on the wrist - he doesn't miss one game. Noone else has mentioned the inconsistency in ruling so I guess I will.

Can anyone see a moral distinction between a savage tackle in play (Tiatto) and an act of violence completely off the ball? Both are wrong of course - let's say that both deserve sanction - but apparently the FFA finds the latter less unacceptable.

On the 4-4-2 Website they have a poll currently asking...

Is the A-League...
Pretty much as it should be?
Too strictly refereed?
Too soft?
Too violent?
Not strictly refereed enough?

I simply couldn't answer as they didn't list the most important option - "Too inconsistently refereed." We can have strong opinions of course about whether physicality should be refereed out of the game or allowed to whatever extent, but surely the key feature we're after is consistency. It's called being fair.

Sun. Oct. 14, 07:58:00 am AEST  

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