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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 October 2015
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2015 SPORT Sydney FC will be out to maintain its undefeated start to the season Melbourne City and Newcastle kicked off round four last night, with the Jets taking the three-points from the same fixture against Melbourne Victory last week, while City managed an emphatic 3-1 victory over Central Coast last Sunday. The remainder of the round will be stretched through to Monday night when Melbourne Victory hosts Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium. Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC, Central Coast Stadium, Saturday 5.15 pm (AEDT) Central Coast has started the season off slowly, managing three points from its opening three games. Last week it faced a rampaging Melbourne City in the Victorian capital and couldn't get close. Sydney FC, on the other hand, managed a confidence-boosting 1-0 victory over cross-town rival Western Sydney Wanderers, to go to the top of the table, and remain the only undefeated side in the competition. Central Coast welcomes back Jacob Poscoliero, Anthony Kalik and Eddy Bosnar, whilst omitting Glen Trifiro, who sustained a back injury. The Sky Blues are set to omit two players from their squad after promoting Christopher Naumoff and George Blackwood. Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United, Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 7.30 pm (AEDT) Last week's ladder leader Brisbane lost a close battle to Wellington, losing 3-2 in New Zealand despite an early Dimitri Petratos opener. On current form the Roar should get the job done over Adelaide, which is languishing in second-last place on the ladder on two points. A 3-1 loss to Perth last week gave Glory its first victory for the season. Roar welcomes back Shane Stefanutto from injury, promoting Shannon Brady - Michael Theo is still unavailable with a quad strain, while Adelaide has named striker Bruce Djite along with Mark Ochieng to its squad. Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory, Pirtek Stadium, Sunday 5.00 pm (AEDT) The Wanderers will be hoping to hit back after a disappointing loss to cross-town rival Sydney FC in the Sydney Derby last week. After managing a solitary point in its opening three games, the Page 28 FFA boss slams Wellington Phoenix Page 29 Proposed Waverley and Monash merger fails at the 11th hour 9 771321 167062 Extended round to be closed out by Victory, Phoenix reigning Asian Champion will be hoping a home-crowd will be enough to spur its troops toward its first full-points. Perth, on the other hand, managed to get itself off the bottom of the ladder after defeating Adelaide 3-1 in Perth last week, and after a controversial 2014-15 season, will be out to make it two wins on the trot to work its way back up the ladder. Western Sydney has promoted Brendon Santalab and Kearyn Baccus, omitting Romeo Castelen, who suffered a hamstring injury last week, while Perth is set to omit two players from its squad after promoting Antony Golec and Jamal Reiners. Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix, Etihad Stadium, Monday 7.30 pm Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix will close the round out on Melbourne Cup Eve, in what is likely to be the match of the round. Victory lost in Newcastle last week, to drop to sixth on four points, while Wellington defeated Brisbane in a fivegoal thriller in New Zealand. The current champion has promoted Jason Geria and Scott Galloway for the match, with Wellington promoting Troy Danaskos and Matthew Ridenton, and welcomes back Andrew Durante from injury, omitting Kwabena Appiah. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 Graham Arnold’s men are sitting top of the table after three rounds. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DEAN LEWINS. Poyet to lead AEK against Panathinaikos Uruguayan coach takes over in time for Athenian derby GEORGIOS HATZIMANOLIS AEK Athens will have new coach Gustavo Poyet in the dugout for tomorrow's Athenian derby against rivals Panathinaikos. The former Sunderland boss has been appointed as the new manager of AEK following the resignation of Traianos Dellas a fortnight ago. Poyet, who was sacked as manager of Sunderland in March, was believed to be returning to the Premier League to take over at Aston Villa, but instead agreed to join AEK. "AEK FC announces the agreement with the Uruguayan manager Gustavo Poyet until the summer 2016," a statement on the club's official website read. "The new manager will sign his contract tomorrow." While the initial deal only runs until the end of the season, there is an option in place to extend the contract by a further two years. AEK is currently third on the table, eight points behind leader Olympiakos after eight games. The team trails Panathinaikos by two points but will have the chance to overtake its rivals when the two sides meet on Sunday. Panathinaikos goes into the game following a 3-1 loss against PAOK in Thessaloniki last week, while AEK is coming into the game boosted by its 5-1 thrashing of Iraklis at the Athens Olympic Stadium. Ronald Vargas netted twice, with Christos Aravidis, Elder Barbosa and Diego Buonanotte scoring one each for AEK. Apostolos Vellios scored Iraklis' consolation goal. League leaders Olympiakos take on eighth-placed Veria tonight. Olympiakos are currently six points ahead of Panathinaikos and have yet to drop a point all season. Last week defender Alberto Botia scored twice in the second half to extend their perfect record with eight straight wins by beating Atromitos 2-1. The Spaniard headed in a corner from Felipe Pardo in the 59th minute and struck again four minutes later, heading in a free kick from Kostas Fortounis to put his team six points clear of Panathinaikos. Borislav Stojchev scored for the hosts before the game ended. In other games today, Plata- nias host Kalloni, while fifth placed Panionios entertain seventh-placed Levadiakos. Tomorrow, fourth-placed PAOK, buoyed by their emphatic win over Panathinaikos last week, travel south to Tripolis to take on sixth placed Asteras. There are two other games tomorrow, when Xanthi meet Panetolikos and Giannina play Panthrakikos. This weekend's fixtures conclude tomorrow with Iraklis hosting Atromitos in Thessaloniki.
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