Victory names extended squad to face Mariners


Melbourne Victory has added two players to an extended squad for Sunday’s clash with Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium.

Rashid Mahazi and George Howard have been promoted to an 18-man squad for the Round 20 game, with two players to be omitted before kick-off.

Victory is second on the Hyundai A-League ladder, 11 points behind Sydney FC with eight rounds to go.

Despite being in ninth spot, the Mariners are in a rich vein of form on a three-game winning streak.

Central Coast defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 last week, which followed back-to-back home wins over Perth Glory and Adelaide United.

But Victory is unbeaten its past 10 meetings with the Mariners, scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game in that run.

The trip to Gosford will be Victory’s second to New South Wales in less than a week, following Monday night’s 0-0 draw away to Newcastle Jets.

Sunday’s game against Central Coast will be broadcast live and exclusively on Fox Sports 505 from 4.30pm AEDT.

Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 20

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, February 19, 5.00pm AEDT
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

TV: Live on Fox Sports 505 from 4.30pm AEDT
Radio: 1116 SEN, ABC Grandstand, Coast FM 96.3
Online: Join the conversation on social media using #CCMvMVC

Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)

Ins: 16.Rashid MAHAZI (promoted), 19.George HOWARD (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: Nil