A-League preview – Finals Week 2

It’s getting down to the wire this weekend for the A-League Finals Series with two huge matches - Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets and the second leg of the major semi-final Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory.
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It’s getting down to the wire this weekend for the A-League Finals Series with two huge matches - Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets and the second leg of the major semi-final Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory.

With Wellington boasting a sell-out crowd, cross-Tasman football will kick-off the proceedings at Westpac Stadium before Sydney FC face a determined Melbourne Victory at the SFS in a match that decides who will go on to host the Hyundai A-League 2010 Grand Final.

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory also marks a major milestone as it will be the 500th match played in Hyundai A-League history.

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
Date: Sunday, 7 March 2010
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Local kick-off: 4pm (2pm AEDT)
Referee: Chris Beath

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2/2 HD and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is The Radio Network 1035 AM (Wellington). Tickets: SOLD OUT

Wellington Phoenix squad: 2. Manny MUSCAT, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 5. DIEGO, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Paul IFILL, 9. Chris GREENACRE, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 14. Adrian CACERES, 15. Eugene DADI, 17. Vince LIA, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Reece CROWTHER (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Costa BARBAROUSES, 40. Liam REDDY (gk), *two to be omitted*
In: DIEGO (promoted), Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted), Michael FERRANTE (promoted)
Out: Jon McKAIN (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: Mark PASTON (gk) (leg – season)

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Jin-Hyung SONG, 8. Matt THOMPSON (c), 9. Sasho PETROVSKI, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 15. Sean ROONEY, 22. Kaz PATAFTA, 25. Labinot HALITI, 26. Ali ABBAS, 29. Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 30. Dion SHAW (gk), *one to be omitted*
In: Ben KANTAROVSKI (returns from injury)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Shaun ONTONG (Achilles – indefinite), Michael BRIDGES (Quadriceps – 4 weeks), Fabio VIGNAROLI (knee – indefinite), Marko JESIC (knee – indefinite), Neil YOUNG (gk) (face – indefinite)

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Date: Sunday, 7 March 2010
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Local kick-off: 5pm
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2/2 HD and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is ABC Radio. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Sydney FC squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Sebastian RYALL 3. Stephan KELLER, 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 5. Hayden FOXE, 6. Karol KISEL, 7. Brendan GAN, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 9. John ALOISI (c), 12. Shannon COLE, 13. Antony GOLEC,14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 16. Chris PAYNE,19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI, 22. Sung-Hwan BYUN, *one to be omitted*
In: Mark BRIDGE, Sebastian RYALL
Out: Sam MUNRO, Iain RAMSAY
Unavailable: Kofi DANNING (knee – season), Matthew JURMAN (foot – season), Steve Corica (hamstring – season), Ryhan GRANT (Ankle – season), Adam CASEY (Hamstring – indefinite)

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (c), 3.Mate DUGANDZIC, 5.Surat SUKHA, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Grant BREBNER, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Marvin ANGULO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 13.Nathan ELASI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Matthew FOSCHINI, 19. Evan BERGER, 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 21.Robbie KRUSE, 22.Nick WARD, 23.Adrian LEIJER, 25.Aziz BEHICH, *Three to be omitted*
In: Mate DUGANDZIC (promoted), Nathan ELASI (promoted), Robbie KRUSE (returns from injury), Archie THOMPSON (returns from injury)
Out: Nik MRDJA (suspended, 2 matches)
Unavailable: Billy CELESKI (knee, season), Matthew KEMP (knee, season)

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