Red-Faced Glory In Disarray

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Perth skipper Jacob Burns got his wish with Alister Edwards sacked. Image courtesy of Getty Images
This match is set up to be as intriguing off the pitch as it will be on it. Glory is in turmoil with captain Jacob Burns facing off with coach Alister Edwards over issues of nepotism and as a result, Edwards has been shown the door and real doubt has been cast over the inclusion of his sons Ryan and Cameron in the squad. This throws up questions around Glory’s unity on the pitch and whether or not the squad can get itself together to challenge the Reds.

In contrast, Adelaide is a unified force that has finally got its act together to convert the chances its possession football creates. As a result the Reds handed the Mariners a 4-0 drubbing last round after strong criticism from the local media in the lead up that resulted in coach Josep Gombau lashing out at reporters.

They will be keen to keep the momentum going against Perth and that result is likely with Perth failing to register a win against United in their past five meetings. In saying that, Adelaide has only beaten Glory on three occasions in the history of the A-League. Fabio Ferreira (adductor) will be missing for Adelaide, however, he will be replaced in the starting XI by the club’s leading goal scorer Jeronimo Neumann , so that won’t ease any pain for the Glory.

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