A-League Snapshot: Round 7

77 goals in just 30 matches of Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season, with the total number of people watching a match this season also up by 14%!

77 goals in just 30 matches of Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season, with the total number of people watching a match this season also up by 14%!

With the two new teams, Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury, book-ending the table –and only a few points separating the best from the rest – Round 7 will see more goals and more milestones as the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season picks up steam through September.

Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners are set to play their 100th Hyundai A-League games with Mariners’ coach Lawrie McKinna recording a century of matches in charge.

Stats, facts & milestones

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory
Friday 18 September 2009, Hindmarsh Stadium, 7.30pm local

In the first encounter for the season between the two 2009 Grand Finalists, Adelaide United is aiming to become the first club to gain a revenge victory in the first rematch of two Grand Final teams

- 2006 Grand Final winners Sydney defeated runners-up Grand Final losers Central Coast in their first match-up in 2006/07
- 2007 Grand Final winners Melbourne drew 1-1 with runners-up Adelaide in their first match-up in 2007/08
- 2008 Grand Final winners Newcastle drew 1-1 with runners-up Central Coast in their first match-up in 2008/09

Central Coast Mariners v Gold Coast United
Saturday 19 September 2009, Bluetongue Stadium, 7:30pm local

- Central Coast Mariners play their 100th Hyundai A-League match - the Mariners become just the second club to play 100 Hyundai A-League matches, after Adelaide United reached the milestone in Round 5
- Mariners’ coach Lawrie McKinna becomes the first person to coach 100 Hyundai A-League matches
- Central Coast Mariners midfielder John Hutchinson is set to make his 250th appearance in Australian national leagues. Hutchinson's national league career has so far taken him to Morwell Falcons, Northern Spirit and Central Coast Mariners

Wellington Phoenix v North Queensland Fury
Sunday 20 September 2009, Westpac Stadium, 3:00pm local

- Wellington Phoenix are aiming for their ninth undefeated consecutive home match. Only twice before has a team been undefeated for more than eight home matches in a row - Sydney FC (14 undefeated home games, 2005-2006) and Central Coast Mariners (12 undefeated home games, 2005-2006)
- North Queensland Fury midfielder Robbie Middleby is set to make his 250th national league appearance. Middleby previously played for Newcastle Breakers, Wollongong Wolves, Uerdingen, Football Kingz, Carlton, Newcastle United and Sydney FC

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 20 September 2009, Sydney Football Stadium, 3.00pm local

- Newcastle Jets to play their 100th Hyundai A-League match, becoming the third club to reach 100 Hyundai A-League matches

Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Sunday 20 September 2009, Suncorp Stadium, 5.00pm local

- Perth Glory are aiming to have their first win against Brisbane Roar in four years. The last time Perth Glory defeated Brisbane Roar (then Queensland Roar) was 12 matches ago on 10 September 2005

Birthday celebrations

- Happy birthday to Sydney FC young gun, Chris Payne, who turns 19 tomorrow, 15 September
- Also celebrating a birthday this week is one of North Queensland Fury’s Englishmen, James Robinson, who will be 27 on Friday 18 September

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