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neio    442

Just over 2 weeks until our first league game,  seen few people discussing in couple different threads so opening a dedicated one 

Is it 100% confirmed we don't have cahill,  or is it like last year with Mooy in first game? 

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bt50    3,163
3 minutes ago, neio said:

Just over 2 weeks until our first league game,  seen few people discussing in couple different threads so opening a dedicated one 

Is it 100% confirmed we don't have cahill,  or is it like last year with Mooy in first game? 

Japan game is on the Tuesday following so definitely wont be playing. I doubt he even starts in the derby tbh.

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CityWildcat    28

Out of interest as a Kiwi in Melbourne, how many of our fans usually turn up to face the Yellow Fever across the ditch?  Would love to follow the team away to NZ, but $$$$$, like most of us I guess. 

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KSK_47    5,439
1 minute ago, CityWildcat said:

Out of interest as a Kiwi in Melbourne, how many of our fans usually turn up to face the Yellow Fever across the ditch?  Would love to follow the team away to NZ, but $$$$$, like most of us I guess. 

Generally about 3 or 4

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Jovan    2,868
18 minutes ago, CityWildcat said:

Kinda what I thought.... as long as they are loud! 

Can't remember what season maybe 2 ago. There was this shot of a city/heart fan politely clapping after being 4 or 5 up. Was a super image.

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bt50    3,163
4 minutes ago, Jovan said:

Can't remember what season maybe 2 ago. There was this shot of a city/heart fan politely clapping after being 4 or 5 up. Was a super image.

Haha I was at that game and the guy was an expat Melburnian. Don't think he even really like Heart, he was just clinging onto something from home. Barely got boo out of him all game until Wielaart scored to make it 4-0 and he stood up with a polite golf clap.

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KSK_47    5,439
43 minutes ago, Jovan said:

Can't remember what season maybe 2 ago. There was this shot of a city/heart fan politely clapping after being 4 or 5 up. Was a super image.

There was also the one where a guy was wearing a heart shirt in the crowd and we were destroyed 4-0 or something. Then after the full time whistle had blown the camera went backbto him and he was wearing a nix shirt haha

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Dylan    4,068
58 minutes ago, Jovan said:

Can't remember what season maybe 2 ago. There was this shot of a city/heart fan politely clapping after being 4 or 5 up. Was a super image.

I have a pic of that on my computer at home. Pretty sure I added that to nerd watch ahah

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tommac    107
6 hours ago, Thrillhouse said:

they should have key players out, anything other than a win is a disaster 

Yep- while we're missing Cahill, they'll be missing their entire squad, the Physio and all their drink bottles. 

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neio    442
6 hours ago, Thrillhouse said:

they should have key players out, anything other than a win is a disaster 

Didn't we have an uninspiring draw with them few years ago when they were in same situation 

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bt50    3,163

11 Days out and it seems we have pretty much a clean bill of health, Cahill is away on Socceroos duty and the Nix look likely to lose Moss, McGlinchey, Durante, Barbarouses, Doyle and Fenton to All Whites Duty.

Trips across the ditch are never easy, although this presents about a good an opportunity as possible to get off the mark with a win.

Lineup wise I think we'll opt for a 3-4-3,with Malik dropping back into a CB role when we defend, as we appear to have done against WSW,  Auckland and our matches in Townsville.

                           Sorensen

      Chapman     Jakobsen     Rose

                              Malik

                     Brattan  Kilkenny

                           Brandan

         Kamau      Fornaroli    Colazo


SUBS Bouzanis   Fitzgerald  Caceres   Retre  Muscat

 

Wellington will likely go in with something like :

Italiano

Fox--Tratt--Rossi--Boxall

Roly--Lia/Ridenton--Rodriguez

         Finkler

Krishna--Watson

 

Still has some handy enough players in Bonevacia, Krishna and Finkler up front whilst Rossi has apparently looked terrific in pre-season.

Going to be a really interesting game, and one that we should take all 3 points, but approach with caution. My tip is 2-0 City with Bruno and Kamau to score.

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MHFC-FAN    204
36 minutes ago, bt50 said:

11 Days out and it seems we have pretty much a clean bill of health, Cahill is away on Socceroos duty and the Nix look likely to lose Moss, McGlinchey, Durante, Barbarouses, Doyle and Fenton to All Whites Duty.

Trips across the ditch are never easy, although this presents about a good an opportunity as possible to get off the mark with a win.

Lineup wise I think we'll opt for a 3-4-3,with Malik dropping back into a CB role when we defend, as we appear to have done against WSW,  Auckland and our matches in Townsville.

                           Sorensen

      Chapman     Jakobsen     Rose

                              Malik

                     Brattan  Kilkenny

                           Brandan

         Kamau      Fornaroli    Colazo


SUBS Bouzanis   Fitzgerald  Caceres   Retre  Muscat

 

Wellington will likely go in with something like :

Italiano

Fox--Tratt--Rossi--Boxall

Roly--Lia/Ridenton--Rodriguez

         Finkler

Krishna--Watson

 

Still has some handy enough players in Bonevacia, Krishna and Finkler up front whilst Rossi has apparently looked terrific in pre-season.

Going to be a really interesting game, and one that we should take all 3 points, but approach with caution. My tip is 2-0 City with Bruno and Kamau to score.

Will Krishna be on int duties too?

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bt50    3,163
6 minutes ago, MHFC-FAN said:

Will Krishna be on int duties too?

Doesnt look like it. Fiji's OFC qualifiers dont appear to resume until March, the Kiwis have friendlies against Mexico and the USA next week

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neio    442

"I'm tipping that some Europe-based All Whites won't be back for that game, so we could lose six or seven, and then we'll lose Roy Krishna [playing for Fiji] as well, so we could have eight players out.

"That makes life very difficult for us, but it also compromises the competition because there is no doubt that other teams will say 'well they played them when they had half a team, now we're playing them when they're a full team', and that's going to happen four or five times this year.

 

That's what Ernie Merrick said couple weeks ago,  so they be missing Krishna as well 

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cadete    6,062
1 hour ago, KSK_47 said:

This feels like its going to be a draw to me

Same...

Or an early keeping/defensive blunder gets the wind in the Nux's sails and I get to watch our traditional two goal margin loss over there at The Gimp.

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Jovan    2,868
1 hour ago, NewConvert said:

I'll wait for the wind forecast before I make any pronouncements.

Don't you mean wund?

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Jovan    2,868
3 minutes ago, thisphantomfortress said:

Yep there sure will be. There will be a proper post later in the week.

Phew, was worried about another improper post on here.

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Tommykins    615

Wellington vs Melbourne City, Westpac Stadium, Saturday 8th of October @ 5:35pm AEST.

Sportsbet Odds.

Melbourne City: $2.20

Wellington Phoenix: $3.00

Anything worth a punt on? – Melbourne City to win both halves at $7 seems entirely reasonable. If you ignore the fact that we start the season terribly. And that we don’t play overly well away from home. And that we once drew with this team when they were missing not only 7 players, but also their coach (!). I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Last time they met: A clinical 3-0 for Melbourne City where we arguably could (should?) have scored more. The game will probably most remembered for my call for goal of the season from Harry Novillo where he finished off an audacious chipped pass from Bruno Fornaroli. Also saw the start of the regulation capitulation that we like to observe at the end of the season.

Last season’s results: MCY 3:0 PHX (Novillo, Fornaroli x2)                28.03.2016

                                    PHX 2:1 MCY (Mooy, in absentia: Defenders) 26.02.2016

                                    MCY 3:1 PHX (Fornaroli, Novillo x2)                25.01.2016     

Team News.

Melbourne City: It’s difficult not to be excited about the start of the season. It might be the fact that City showed real promise in their last FFA Cup match against the Wanderers, it might be the fact that our off-season goes for 170 days, who knows. But City come into this one with a nearly full strength squad (minus Tim Cahill on international duty and Ivan Franjic whose been rumoured to have a November start date on his season, good news for all involved) and should look to beat Wellington comfortably. Nicholas Colazo will hopefully get a start to show his ability on the left flank as a marauding full back (looked energetic up and down against Auckland City on family day and took his goal well), while Osama Malik finally looked like the player he can be last time out, making forays into midfield to cut balls out, with the defence looking infinitely more solid with Jakobsen at the heart of defence. Connor Chapman as a right back isn’t an overly exciting thought, but he’s been serviceable enough in the absence of Franjic. The front third is loaded with an embarrassment of riches, with Fitzgerald relegated to the bench. The other bench spots are likely to be very defensive and made up of Retre, Muscat and Rose (though I’d like to see Daniel Arzani move onto the pine if Caceras moves into the starting 11 to replace Cahill).

Possible Starting 11.

Sorenson

Chapman Malik Jakobsen Colazo

            Kilkenny Brattan

Kamou Caceras Brandan

            Fornaroli.

Wellington Phoenix: The Wellington Phoenix should be an exciting team (at least going forward) this year. But not when they’re decimated by international call ups like they will be on Saturday with Barbarouses, McGlinchey, Ridenton and Durante (and Louis Fenton a late call up to replace Ryan Thomas) all to miss and possibly Krishna too (but for the life of me I can’t determine if Fiji have a game or not in this international break). They’ll also struggle to replace Sigmunds graft in the backline, which will likely see a defence pairing of Dylan Fox and new import Marco Rossi who could have a torrid time against a Melbourne City front 3 who will be keen to get off on the right foot. Ernie Merrick does know how to put out a well drilled side though and Bonevacia and Finkler can be tricky when given space.

 

Possible Starting 11:

            Moss

Lowry Fox Rossi Doyle

Parkhouse Bonevacia Rodriguez Lia

            Finkler

            Watson 

Prediction: Melbourne City 3-1 Wellington. Melbourne City should have far too much quality for an undermanned Wellington, we’ll conceded in the 70th-80th minute when the game is done for good measure.

Played for both clubs: Dylan Macallister. An entirely good question of why Dylan Macallister can be asked here. Because of his goal against Victory in the opening round derby of 12-13 season. Still our only winning start to a season in our history. Also managed to get himself sent off within 11 minutes against Perth which is an achievement in itself. Hard to remember but was a very good player for an entertaining Wellington side a few years before. Currently kicking around in the NPL NSW for Rockdale City.

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Nate    2,561

Wellington's outs are an absolute blessing for us but Bonevacia is good enough to carry them tbh, and Finkler whilst I don't really rate in general play can still hit a free kick from anywhere.

Still expect us to win by a few though

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1 hour ago, Tommykins said:

Wellington vs Melbourne City, Westpac Stadium, Saturday 8th of October @ 5:35pm AEST.

 

Sportsbet Odds.

 

Melbourne City: $2.20

 

Wellington Phoenix: $3.00

 

Anything worth a punt on? – Melbourne City to win both halves at $7 seems entirely reasonable. If you ignore the fact that we start the season terribly. And that we don’t play overly well away from home. And that we once drew with this team when they were missing not only 7 players, but also their coach (!). I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

 

Last time they met: A clinical 3-0 for Melbourne City where we arguably could (should?) have scored more. The game will probably most remembered for my call for goal of the season from Harry Novillo where he finished off an audacious chipped pass from Bruno Fornaroli. Also saw the start of the regulation capitulation that we like to observe at the end of the season.

 

Last season’s results: MCY 3:0 PHX (Novillo, Fornaroli x2)                28.03.2016

 

                                    PHX 2:1 MCY (Mooy, in absentia: Defenders) 26.02.2016

 

                                    MCY 3:1 PHX (Fornaroli, Novillo x2)                25.01.2016     

 

Team News.

 

Melbourne City: It’s difficult not to be excited about the start of the season. It might be the fact that City showed real promise in their last FFA Cup match against the Wanderers, it might be the fact that our off-season goes for 170 days, who knows. But City come into this one with a nearly full strength squad (minus Tim Cahill on international duty and Ivan Franjic whose been rumoured to have a November start date on his season, good news for all involved) and should look to beat Wellington comfortably. Nicholas Colazo will hopefully get a start to show his ability on the left flank as a marauding full back (looked energetic up and down against Auckland City on family day and took his goal well), while Osama Malik finally looked like the player he can be last time out, making forays into midfield to cut balls out, with the defence looking infinitely more solid with Jakobsen at the heart of defence. Connor Chapman as a right back isn’t an overly exciting thought, but he’s been serviceable enough in the absence of Franjic. The front third is loaded with an embarrassment of riches, with Fitzgerald relegated to the bench. The other bench spots are likely to be very defensive and made up of Retre, Muscat and Rose (though I’d like to see Daniel Arzani move onto the pine if Caceras moves into the starting 11 to replace Cahill).

 

Possible Starting 11.

 

Sorenson

 

Chapman Malik Jakobsen Colazo

 

            Kilkenny Brattan

 

Kamou Caceras Brandan

 

            Fornaroli.

 

Wellington Phoenix: The Wellington Phoenix should be an exciting team (at least going forward) this year. But not when they’re decimated by international call ups like they will be on Saturday with Barbarouses, McGlinchey, Ridenton and Durante (and Louis Fenton a late call up to replace Ryan Thomas) all to miss and possibly Krishna too (but for the life of me I can’t determine if Fiji have a game or not in this international break). They’ll also struggle to replace Sigmunds graft in the backline, which will likely see a defence pairing of Dylan Fox and new import Marco Rossi who could have a torrid time against a Melbourne City front 3 who will be keen to get off on the right foot. Ernie Merrick does know how to put out a well drilled side though and Bonevacia and Finkler can be tricky when given space.

 

 

 

Possible Starting 11:

 

            Moss

 

Lowry Fox Rossi Doyle

 

Parkhouse Bonevacia Rodriguez Lia

 

            Finkler

 

            Watson 

 

Prediction: Melbourne City 3-1 Wellington. Melbourne City should have far too much quality for an undermanned Wellington, we’ll conceded in the 70th-80th minute when the game is done for good measure.

 

Played for both clubs: Dylan Macallister. An entirely good question of why Dylan Macallister can be asked here. Because of his goal against Victory in the opening round derby of 12-13 season. Still our only winning start to a season in our history. Also managed to get himself sent off within 11 minutes against Perth which is an achievement in itself. Hard to remember but was a very good player for an entertaining Wellington side a few years before. Currently kicking around in the NPL NSW for Rockdale City.

 

I don't think that Fiji have a game. But I could be wrong..

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Tommykins    615
1 hour ago, Hellenic Hero said:

I don't think that Fiji have a game. But I could be wrong..

Agreed. There's a quote earlier in this thread that seems to say there is.

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bt50    3,163
17 minutes ago, Tommykins said:

Agreed. There's a quote earlier in this thread that seems to say there is.

The good folks over at the Yellow Fever forum seem to think he's playing so unless there's evidence to the contrary im assuming he's playing.

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