Red Hot Adelaide Set For Victory

Picture: Sarah Reed/adelaidenow.com.au
Goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic committed to the Reds for a further three years during the week. Picture: Sarah Reed/adelaidenow.com.au
Last Five Meetings

Round 20, 2012/13 – Adelaide United 1 d Melbourne Victory 0 at Coopers Stadium
Round 10, 2012/13 – Adelaide United 4 d Melbourne Victory 2 at Coopers Stadium
Round 3, 2012/13 – Melbourne Victory 2 d Adelaide United 1 at Etihad Stadium
Round 15, 2012/13 - Melbourne Victory 1 drew Adelaide United 1 at AAMI Park
Round 10, 2011/12 – Melbourne Victory 1 drew Adelaide United 1 at Etihad Stadium

Current Form
 
  Rd 1 
Adelaide United

W

Melbourne Victory

D



Adelaide United  will be out to consolidate top spot on the A-League ladder when it welcomes Melbourne Victory  to Coopers Stadium on Friday night. The Reds were impressive 3-1 victors over Perth on the opening weekend of the season, holding on with nine men for the last ten minutes after both Nigel Boogaard and Isaias were dismissed after picking up two bookings.

Boogaard and Isaias are both unavailable after picking up one week bans as a result of being sent off against Glory and new boss Josep Gombau could bring Osama Malik and Tarek Elrich into the starting side as their replacements. The Reds will be boosted by the news that skipper Eugene Galekovic committed himself to the club for another three years during the week and the Socceroo will be determined to put in a strong showing against his former club.

Melbourne Victory started the season with a dull 0-0  draw against derby rivals Heart last Saturday night but will be boosted by the return of captain Mark Milligan in midfield as they go in search of their first victory, and first goal, of the new campaign. Milligan had been hampered by a knee injury picked up, ironically, against the Reds, during the pre-season and was forced to miss the Socceroos friendlies against France and Canada recently but should return after getting through training on Wednesday. Victory manager Ange Postecoglou has been the spotlight as one of the leading contenders to replace Holger Osieck in charge of the national team and you would have to imagine all of the scrutiny and speculation regarding his future must have affected the team’s preparations for this fixture.

Adelaide United has a strong recent record against Melbourne, having won five of the past ten matches between these clubs, tasting defeat just once in that time. Both meetings between the clubs at Coopers Stadium last season resulted in victory for the Reds, who beat Victory 4-2  in December and 1-0  in February.

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