Fabian Barbiero will play his 100th match for Adelaide United. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Getty Images
Across the 2011-12 A-League season, Adelaide United could muster just five wins in 27 matches. The AFC Champions League is a different story, though. The Reds have won five of their seven clashes so far, and tomorrow night they head in to the first leg of their quarter-final match-up against Uzbekistan champion Bunyodkor as firm favourites.
John Kosmina’s men are playing a miserly brand of football, having conceded just two goals so far in the Champions League, and none at Hindmarsh Stadium, the venue for their clash with the Uzbeks. Both goals the Reds have conceded have come in the second half.
Bunyodkor has already played United twice in the group stage. The team’s last visit to the City of Churches resulted in a scoreless draw , where they had the better of the play in the second half but couldn’t find a winner. They also met in Tashkent in March, with United coming away 2-1 victors.
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