Hyundai A-League preview: City v Jets

Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets open Remembrance Round on Thursday night with both sides looking to bounce back from defeat in the last round.

Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 6 – Remembrance Round – Ins and Outs

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Melbourne City FC v Newcastle Jets

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 7:50PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEDT))

Referee: Adam Fielding

Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown

Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 7.30pm (AEDT) and delayed coverage on Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: ABC Grandstand, 1116 SEN (Melbourne), EON Sports Radio (

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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI (c), 27.Fernando BRANDAN

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 4.Connor CHAPMAN (promoted), 14.Daniel ARZANI (promoted), 21.Ruon TONGYIK (promoted)

Melbourne City youngster Daniel Arzani in action against Perth Glory in Round 3.

Outs:  26.Luke BRATTAN (international duty – 1 week)

Unavailable: 7.Corey GAMEIRO (ACL – season), 9.Nicholas COLAZO (ear – 1 week), 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (ACL – season)

Newcastle Jets squad: 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Aleksandr KOKKO, 10.Wayne BROWN, 11.Labinot HALITI, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nicholas COWBURN, 18.MA Leilei, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND, 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 23.Devante CLUT, 27.Caio DE GODOY, 28.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 40.Jim FOGARTY (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 11.Labinot HALITI (promoted), 18.MA Leilei (promoted)

Newcastle Jets have completed the signing of Chinese midfielder Ma Leilei.

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk) (Achilles – season), 2.Daniel MULLEN (knee – 6-8 weeks), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (knee – 3-4 weeks), 21.Daniel ALESSI (knee – season), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (ankle – 3-4 weeks)


City and Newcastle started the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season in promising style, but with the Jets having lost their past two matches and Bruno Fornaroli and Co. having suffered two defeats in three games there are some concerns for both John van ‘t Schip and Mark Jones.

Van ‘t Schip’s men continue to be the poster boys for inconsistency.

City have defeated Melbourne Victory twice this season – once in the Westfield FFA Cup – and overcome reigning champions Adelaide United but when faced with other title contenders in Perth Glory and, most recently, Brisbane Roar they have lost.

Melbourne City players celebrate scoring in the Round 2 Melbourne Derby.

Last week, City had over 65 per cent possession and passed the ball 488 times to Brisbane’s 314.

But Roar were far more effective with the ball, ending the game with eight shots to City’s three at Suncorp Stadium, including Jamie Maclaren’s winning goal, with the visitors failing to test Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theo.

City’s best is scintillating but if they’re to win their maiden piece of Hyundai A-League silverware this season – they reportedly have the most expensive squad in the competition’s history, too – they must learn to grind out results.

Newcastle were unbeaten in their first three games but have lost their past two against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

Having looked dangerous on the counterattack to begin the season, the last fortnight has generally seen the Jets struggle to break out of defence with any real verve.

Only Perth Glory have had less possession than Jones’ men so far this season, while only Central Coast Mariners have faced more shots per game.

#WELvNEW - Newcastle Jets are currently enjoying their longest ever winning streak against the Phoenix having won each of the last three encounters.

Injuries have played their part in the Jets’ consecutive defeats with defensive-minded quartet Daniel Mullen, Ben Kantarovski, Daniel Alessi and Lachlan Jackson all on the sidelines, but the promotion of Chinese midfielder Ma Leilei and veteran striker Labinot Haliti could provide a spark in Melbourne.

City will be without Luke Brattan, who is away with the Socceroos in Thailand, with Anthony Caceres and Osama Malik the main options to replace the midfielder.


Your Hyundai A-League stats for Round 6


Brattan will be a big loss to City, as the former Brisbane Roar midfielder, sits behind only Dimas (204) of Western Sydney Wanderers in terms of passes completed this season with 179.

Luckily for Van ‘t Schip, Neil Kilkenny – who has generally played as a pseudo defender this season – has almost matched Brattan with 175 completed passes and could be called upon to play further forward against Newcastle.

Up front, Fornaroli leads the A-League for goals (4) and shots (19), while the Jets’ main marksman has been captain and central defender Nigel Boogaard (2).

Bruno Fornaroli (City)

Newcastle’s shooting accuracy of 35.9 per cent is the second worst in the A-League with central strikers Morten Nordstrand and Aleksandr Kokko having yet to open their accounts for the season.

A highlight for the Jets has been Andrew Hoole’s creativity, with the winger behind only Wellington Phoenix’s Gui Finkler in terms of chances created.

#WELvNEW - The Jets’ Andrew Hoole has won 19 fouls this season, the second most of any player in the competition.


Wayne Brown. The English playmaker has been one of Newcastle’s best players so far this season, which has prompted the Jets to extend his contract by 12 months until the end of the 2018/19 Season.

Jets’ English star extends Hyundai A-League stay

FORM LINES (last five league games)

Melbourne City: WWLWL

Newcastle Jets: DWDLL


Melbourne City 3-0 Newcastle Jets