Happy Australia Day on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer. This is a special live blog of the U-NITE match between Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory Football Club and Graham Arnold‘s Sydney Football Club, the world-famous Big Blue, sure to be full of goals, action and heart-stopping drama. This is the Live Blog you don’t want to miss.
“We look forward to Sydney, it’s always a really good game against them. The fans turn up in numbers because they know what’s on the line,” Victory forward Kosta Barbarouses told the media on Thursday. “Arnie (coach Graham Arnold) has them playing really tough to break down. It’s just going to come down to our quality in certain areas and how we can break them down. I think we can hurt them.”
“I’m not sure if that (record at Etihad) comes down to anything, a lot of the boys are used to playing there by now, it’s quite a big pitch, maybe it makes a difference. (The fans) know they’re going to have an exciting game on their hands (at Etihad). The boys really feel privileged having that. There are not many other teams that can go to Etihad Stadium and have those sort of numbers at the game.”
Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Round 16
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
Tuesday, January 26, 7.30pm AEDT
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE, 18.Dylan MURNANE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 23.Jai INGHAM, 32.Stefan NIGRO
Ins: 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (returns from suspension), 19.George HOWARD (promoted)
Unavailable: 21.Carl VALERI (ill – indefinite)
Sydney FC squad: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 3.Alex GERSBACH, 5.Matt JURMAN, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Christopher NAUMOFF, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 22.Ali ABBAS, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.George BLACKWOOD, 27.Mickael TAVARES.
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Alex GERSBACH, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 13.Brandon O’NEILL (all back from Olyroos duty)
Outs: 25.Aaron CALVER (return to NYL squad)
Unavailable: 14.Alex BROSQUE (hamstring – 3 weeks)
The Live Blog kicks off on Monday night at 9 p.m. PT/midnight ET (Tuesday), with kickoff at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET.
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