A-League snapshot - Round 5
The round kicks off on Thursday night when Melbourne Victory take on the in-form Newcastle Jets. Wellington Phoenix welcomes Adelaide United to Westpac Stadium on Friday night, and Canberra gets a chance to show its enthusiasm for the Hyundai A-League when Central Coast Mariners take on the improving Perth Glory at Canberra Stadium.
Saturday night sees a huge top of the table clash when Sydney FC travels to Skilled Park to take on Gold Coast United. Then Brisbane Roar travel north to face fellow Queenslanders North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers.
Round 4 saw the passing of the 50 goal mark for the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season with Perth Glory's Branko Jelic hitting the mark with his match-winning 54th minute strike at ME Bank Stadium on Friday night.
Will it be 100 goals before Round 10? Can Sydney FC continue their unbeaten start to the season?
Stats, facts & milestones
Thursday 3 September 2009, Etihad Stadium, 7.30pm local - Melbourne goalkeeper Glen Moss is set to make his 50th Australian national league appearance. Before joining the Victory this year Moss played at Sydney Olympic (3 appearances), New Zealand Knights (9 appearances) and Wellington Phoenix (33)
Friday 4 September 2009, Westpac Stadium, 7.30pm local (5.30pm AEST) - The Wellington Phoenix are on their way to one of the longest undefeated home streaks in Hyundai A-League history. The Phoenix are aiming for their eighth consecutive undefeated match at home - This match marks Adelaide United's 100th Hyundai A-League match - the first club to achieve this milestone
Friday 4 September 2009, Canberra Stadium, 8.00pm local - Perth Gory midfielder Mile Sterjovski is set to make his 300th appearance at national league level. Sterjovski joined the Glory this year after stints at Wollongong Wolves, Sydney United, Parramatta Power, Lille, Basel, Genclerbirligi OFTAS and Derby County
Saturday 5 September 2009, Skilled Park, 5.00pm local - Sydney FC are undefeated in their past five matches and are aiming to go for six matches without defeat for the first time since November/December 2006 - Despite not scoring in their previous match, Gold Coast United are still on the verge of a Hyundai A-League record for one of the most valuable attacking sprees in Hyundai A-League history. Gold Coast have scored 10 goals in their past four matches - the most number of goals scored in five consecutive matches is 13
Saturday 5 September 2009, Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7.00pm local - Having conceded 12 goals in their last four matches, North Queensland Fury have avoided the record for most goals conceded in four consecutive matches (13). The Fury will now be aiming to avoid the record for conceding most goals in five consecutive matches (16 - set by Perth Glory, between Rounds 3 and 7 in 2008/09)
- Best wishes go to injured Brisbane Roar midfield marshall Massimo Murdocca who turns 25 on Wednesday, September 2 - David D'Apuzzo of the Central Coast Mariners turns 21 on Saturday, September 5 - And Frank Farina returns to the technical area this week on his birthday as his Brisbane Roar side travel up the coast to face North Queensland Fury, Saturday, September 5