Hyundai A-League preview: City v Jets

​The Jets fly into the southern capital on cloud nine after a stunning win over champions Victory in Round 3. Will they extend their Melbourne hoodoo to City, who got back on the winning track last week.


Friday, 30 October 2015

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off:  7:40 PM (Local) (7:40 PM (AEDT))

Referee:  Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referee 1:  Brad Hobson

Assistant Referee 2:  George Lakrindis

Fourth Official:  Lucien Laverdure

TV Broadcast:  Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505from 7.00pm (AEDT), SBS TWO from 7:30pm AEDT and Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast : 1233 ABC Newcastle, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Victoria, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. SEN 1116 AM (Melbourne).Crocmedia A-League Live (

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Melbourne City FC squad : 1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 7.Corey GAMEIRO, 8.Aaron MOOY, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 17.Wade DEKKER, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (C), 25.Jacob MELLING, 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 34.Stefan ZINNI, 36.Matt MILLAR, 50.Alexander PAVLIDIS (GK)

***two to be omitted***

Wade Dekker celebrates his goal on debut for Melbourne City against the Sky Blues.

Ins:  17.Wade DEKKER (promoted), 22.Jack CLISBY (returns from injury – quad)

Outs:  Nil

Unavailable: 3. Aaron HUGHES (calf – 1 week), 5. Ivan FRANJIC (quad – 2-3 weeks), 9. Harry NOVILLO (hamstring – 1-2 weeks), 10. Robert KOREN (calf – 1 week), 11. Michael ZULLO (calf – 2-3 weeks), 14. James BROWN (foot – indefinite), 20. Tando VELAPHI (concussion – 1 week), 26. Marc MARINO (knee – 3 months)

Newcastle Jets squad : 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (Gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Cameron WATSON, 7.Enver ALIVODIC, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Milos TRIFUNOVIC, 10.LEONARDO, 13.Lee KI-JE, 14.Mitch COOPER, 17.Radovan PAVICEVIC, 20.Ben KENNEDY (Gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.David CARNEY, 24.Nicholas COWBURN, 25.Brandon LUNDY

***two to be omitted**

Lee Ki-Je has extended his contract with the Newcastle Jets.

Ins:  1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (Gk) (returns from injury), 13.Lee KI-JE (returns from injury), 25.Brandon LUNDY (promoted)

Outs:  40.Blake TUXFORD (Gk) (omitted)

Unavailable:  11.Labinot HALITI (knee – season)  


The Jets come into this clash full of confidence after their 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory at Hunter Stadium. After leaking a staggering 55 goals in Season 2014/15 and finishing with the wooden spoon, the Jets have conceded just twice in three games and sit fourth on the ladder. 

The Jets are clearly a different proposition this season. 

City, meanwhile, have had a patchy start to the season but look to be on the right track after last week’s entertaining 3-1 win over the Mariners.

City players celebrate one of Bruno Fornaroli's two goals against the Mariners.

The hosts will be buoyed by their recent home record, with City undefeated in their past 10 regular season matches at AAMI.

Preparation could potentially be a factor in this clash, too, with the Jets enjoying a seven-day break between games compared to City’s five.


–      Melbourne City are on their best ever unbeaten run against the Jets – undefeated in their last three, winning the previous two and scoring nine goals across both wins (D1).

–       Newcastle have scored in nine of the last ten matches against City. However, they failed to score on their last encounter, losing 4-0.

–       No goalkeeper has made more saves so far this season in the league than City’s Thomas Sorensen (13).

–       Newcastle Jets have only won once away from home against Melbourne in the A-League, although that match was in December 2010. They’ve failed to win any of the next six (D2 L4).


For City, Aaron Mooy has started the season on fire and is integral to their creativity in the final third, especially with Robi Koren and Harry Novillo out injured.

Bruno Fornaroli is proving to be an astute signing for John van’t Schip’s side, with the Uruguayan netting three goals in three games including a brace against the Mariners. The 28-year-old’s clever runs in behind and ability to hold up the ball make him a real threat for opposition defences. He’s proving to be clinical in front of goal too.

The Jets’ game plan is built on a solid defensive structure and strong organisation lead by inspirational skipper Nigel Boogaard, while the likes of David Carney and Leonardo look to hurt teams on the counter attack.

Newcastle are a big threat from set pieces too, as David Carney’s winner against Victory proved last weekend. And Jets’ Brazilian marquee Leonardo is starting to show glimpses of his class after a slow start to the season. The former Feyenoord playmaker will be key to the Jets’ attacking options. 

Jets star David Carney celebrates after scoring against Melbourne Victory.

Carney has been the main goal-scoring threat for Newcastle in wide positions and his link-up play with Leonardo will pose City plenty of problems.

His prodigious left-boot is a handy asset for the Jets from the dead ball, too.


Aaron Mooy. City’s marquee midfielder earned another call-up for the Socceroos’ upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh. Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou hailed the 25-year-old midweek as the ‘best and most exciting’ player in the Hyundai A-League.


Melbourne City DLW

Newcastle Jets WLW


Melbourne City 1 Newcastle Jets 1