Bre Holden's Fire Up Friday HAL Preview

by Breanna Holden on Nov 08, 2013

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Melbourne Heart v Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday 8th November, 7:30pm AEDT
Coaches:
Melbourne Heart - John Aloisi
Western Sydney Wanderers - Tony Popovic

While Newcastle and Sydney are celebrating the imment returns of their marquee men, tonight's hosts Melbourne Geart could be ruing the loss of theirs. Harry Kewell is suspected to be out of the squad for up to three weeks, crucially missing two home games.

Heart played well last week against an attacking Brisbane side and will be hoping the loss of Kewell won't hold back their positing progress. Despite missing their captain John Aloisi will look to make the most of his side's home advantage, pushing for a crucial win early on in the season.

The Wanderers will be coming off the back of consecutive wins and a surge into second place, giving the Western Sydney side confidence away from home. A sturdy defence for the away side and belief in their control of play will challenge the Heart across the Park.

My tip: Melbourne Heart.
Coach John Aloisi knows how to step up for an important match and a win here for the Heart could stop the Wanderers momentum and give Melbourne's core player a boost at just the right time.

INS:
Melbourne
#5 Sam MITCHINSON
#19 Benjamin GARUCCIO
#22 Nick KALMAR

Western Sydney
#13 Matthew SPIRANOVIC
#8 Mateo POLJAK

OUTS:
Melbourne
#10 Harry KEWELL (ankle 2 weeks)

Western Sydney
None.
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Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory
Saturday 9th November, 3:00pm AEDT
Coaches:
Wellington Phoenix - Ernie Merrick
Perth Glory - Alistair Edwards

Despite a shakey start to the season and another loss last week for the Wellington Phoenix, their determination against Melbourne Victory (coming back from 3-0 down to a 3-2 finish), certainly showed new coach Ernie Merrick is taking effect. Furthermore the Phoenix front line of Jeremy Brockie and Paul Ifill have looked sharp this season and will want to show their home fans just what they are made of and hopefully kick-start their season.

While Perth Glory will head to Wellington weary that AMI Stadium can often be a fortress for the Phoenix. Perth will most likely sit back and look for the perfect counter to attack. And if goalkeeper Danny Vukovic had another cracker of a game the Glory could walk away with another win.

My tip: Wellington
Coming back from 3-0 and threatening Melbourne with a draw was impressive from a side suffering a terrible start to the season. That determination combined with a home advantage puts the Phoenix in a good position for all three points.

INS:
Wellington
#9 Kenny CUNNINGHAM
#12 Tyler BOYD

Perth
#2 Jack Clisby

OUTS:
Wellington:
#7 Leo BERTOS (Omitted)

Perth
#20 Daniel DE SILVA (ankle)

UNAVAILABLE:
Wellington
#20 Lewis ITALIANO (ankle)

Perth
#36 William GALLAS (arrives in Perth 11/11/13)
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Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 9th November, 5:00pm AEDT
Coaches:
Adelaide United - Josep Gombau
Newcastle Jets - Gary van Egmond

Adelaide United will be looking to convert opportunities into goals this week after a frustrating 90 minutes against a sturdy Wanderers defence last week. Adelaide will also enter the match feeling confident in their home record against the Jets (having won all but 2 to Newcastle at home) and the visitors inability to consistently put away goals.

Newcastle although having well documented issues scoring goals, they managed two last week in the F3 Derby, and with the reurn of front man Emile Hesiey will be looking to turn their attacking reputation around. The Jets shocked Central Coast with a 2-2 draw in Round 4, and Gary van Egmond will be doing everything he can to build on this and ensure his side aren't ruled out early on in the season.

My tip: Draw
Both sides showed positive signs last week, but will need to continue improving throughout the fame if they want to take all three points. Despite Newcastle's poor record at Copper Stadium, a lot will be riding on gaining some points in Adelaide - possibly halting United's attacking prowess.

INS:
Adelaide
None

Newcastle
#9 Emile HESKEY
#3 Taylor REGAN

OUTS:
Adelaide
None

Newcastle
None

UNAVAILABLE
Adelaide
#16 Daniel BOWLES (ankle 4-5 weeks)

Newcastle
#25 Mitch COOPER
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Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 9th November, 7:45pm AEDT
Coaches:
Sydney FC - Frank Farina
Melbourne Victory - Kevin Muscat

Amid fans calling for the head of coach Frank Farina the 'Big Blue' couldn't fall at a more crucial time for the Sky Blues. Starting the season with a 2-0 home win the side's off target attack has since lead to three straight losses and seven conceded goals.

Farina and his men have a lot riding on the game and will need to become tighter across the park if they are to keep out Melbourne's attack and create their own opportunities. Sydney will however be bolstered by the possible return to a starting position by star player and captain Alessandro Del Piero.

Melbourne got their post-postecoglou era off to a flying start last week, knocking three past the Phoenix in 30 minutes. That said their defences laps' in concentration almost coast them all three points; something player-turned-coach Kevin Muscat won't accept twice. James Troisi will be out to continue his form and get some quick goals past an out of sorts Sydney FC.

My tip: Draw
With Del Piero back and a big game looking to determine Sydney's coaching future, the Sky Blues could look strong for a win - However; the home side often fumble when things are looking down failing to rally together. While Melbourne's concentration breakdowns could allow for some Italian magic to give Sydney a share of the spoils.

INS:
Sydney
#8 Pedj BOJIC
#15 Terry MCFLYNN

Melbourne
#13 Andrew NABBOUT
#16 Rashid MAHAZI

OUTS:
Sydney
None

Melbourne
#9 Kosta BARBAROUSES (international duty)

UNAVAILABLE:
Sydney
#23 Rhyan GRANT (kneee - long term)
#18 Peter TRIANTIS (groin - long term)
#17 Terry ANTONIS (Thigh - long term)
#9 Corey GAMEIRO (knee - 2 weeks)

Melbourne
None
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Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar
Sunday 10th November, 5:00pm AEDT
Coaches:
Central Coast Mariners - Graham Arnold
Brisbane Roar - Mike Mulvey

Never one to settle for less than three points, Coach Graham Arnold will have worked his Mariners hard this week in light of an F3 Derby setback. Up against the A-League's best attack we can expect a tight defensive line from the Central Coast and a relentless midfield performance - something the Reigning Champions have pulled off seamlessly time again.

Brisbane have started their season almost flawlessly netting nine goals and conceding a mere twp; with Mike Mulvey emulating their formidable style under super coach Ange Postecoglou. However; Graham Arnold will be looking to break down the Roar's flow similarly to Melbourne Victory in round 3, when they suffered their only setback so far this season. Brisbane will have to maintain hold of their midfield control to remain affective this weekend.

My tip: Central Coast
This fixture will be the most tactically compelling game of the round, and could turn out to be a goal spree or a one goal winner. In the end I think Arnie will have the upper hand and pull off an important win for the Central Coast.

INS:
Central Coast
#2 Daniel MCBREEN
#13 Hayden MORTON
#17 Anthony CACERES
#18 Michael NEILL

Brisbane
None

OUTS:
Central Coast
#14 Michael MCGLINCHEY (international duty)
#15 Storm ROUX (international duty)

Brisbane
None

UNAVAILABLE:
Central Coast
#23 Adam KWASNIK (groin - 1 week)

Brisbane
#3 Shane STEFANUTTO (hamstring - 2 weeks)
#7 Bestart BERISHA (hamstring - 1 week)
#11 Liam MILLER (Calf - 2 weeks)
#25 George LAMBADARDIS (knee - season)