Mifsud set for AAMI debut against Wanderers


Melbourne Heart FC fans will be able to catch Michael Mifsud in action for the first time at AAMI Park when the Red and White’s Maltese striker fronts up against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday evening.

Melbourne Heart FC fans will have the opportunity to catch a first glimpse of Michael Mifsud in the flesh at AAMI Park as the Maltese star makes his home debut for the Red and White.

Mifsud is a renowned figure in Maltese football, having earned over 100 caps, held the captain-s armband and has scored 38 goals for his country.

Mifsud has played twice for the Red and White, debuting against Perth Glory and illustrating his speed and agility against Brisbane Roar.

Mifsud was unlucky not to open his account against Brisbane, but will look to get off the mark against one of the tightest back lines in the league.

Hungry for his first goal for Melbourne Heart, Mifsud will face a difficult opponent in Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night – but Mifsud, who has made a habit of scoring against some of Europe-s best, will no doubt relish the challenge.

Wanderers, who claimed the Premier-s Plate last season, remain a difficult side to break down, but Mifsud will be confident he can link up with his team mates to expose the visitors.

It will be an intriguing encounter, while fans will no doubt be intrigued to see ‘The Mosquito- in action in person.

In other team news, Jason Hoffman and Patrick Kisnorbo remain sidelined, which means Jeremy Walker is likely to feature in defence, while Nick Kalmar and Benjamin Garuccio – who played for the Foxtel National Youth League team last week – will be in contention for a senior berth.

The Wanderers are near full strength, with Youssouf Hersi the only player absent through injury.

Friday, 8 November 2013
Melbourne Heart v Western Sydney Wanderers
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEDT)
Referee: Peter O-Leary
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Brennan
Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Barreiro
Fourth Official: Alex Azcurra

TV broadcast: 6.30pm (AEDT) Live coverage on FOX Sports 1HD, SBS 2 and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand).
Radio Broadcast: 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Victoria, 702 ABC Sydney, 666 ABC Canberra, ABC Local Radio NSW, Grandstand Digital and Online/Mobile phone app

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Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 2.Jeremy WALKER, 3.Robbie WIELAERT, 5.Sam MITCHINSON, 6.Patrick GERHARDT, 7.Iain RAMSAY, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 11.Michael MIFSUD, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Aziz BEHICH, 18.David VRANKOVIC, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK , 22.Nick KALMAR, 23.Mate DUGANDZIC, 25.Andrea MIGLIORINI
***Two to be omitted***
Ins: 5.Sam MITCHINSON, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 22.Nick KALMAR
Outs: 10.Harry KEWELL (ankle – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Orlando ENGELAAR (Fractured tibia – long-term), 9.Dylan MACALLISTER (Hamstring – 3-5 weeks), 10.Harry Kewell (ankle – 2 weeks), 13.Jonatan GERMANO (Hamstring – 3 weeks), 17.Jason HOFFMAN (groin – 1-2 weeks) 24.Patrick KISNORBO (knee – 2 weeks)

Western Sydney Wanderers Squad: 1.Ante COVIC (GK), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Adam D-APUZZO, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Michael BEAUCHAMP (c), 6.Jerome POLENZ, 7.Labinot HALITI, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Tomi JURIC, 10.Aaron MOOY, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Tahj MINNIECON, 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 18.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Jerrad TYSON (GK), 21.Shinji ONO, 23.Jason TRIFIRO
***Two to be omitted***
Ins: 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC (promoted), 8.Mateo POLJAK (promoted),
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 17.Youssouf HERSI (foot – 1 week)