Heart Looks For Rare Win Over Reds

Heart has won just once against Adelaide United.

Melbourne Heart really should be hosting Adelaide United on the back of three straight wins. John Aloisi’s team, however, inexplicably conceded two goals in the final five minutes against Sydney FC to fall 2-1 at Allianz Stadium. It was a disappointing defeat, coming on the back of a 3-2 win over Brisbane and a 2-1 victory against Newcastle.

Heart faces an Adelaide team which started the season with three wins from its first four away matches. Since then they’ve gone down to fellow top four contenders Central Coast and Western Sydney before playing out a scoreless draw with Newcastle.

Former Reds player and current Heart defender Michael Marrone is almost certain to move to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenxin on a deal reportedly worth around $250,000. Adelaide has also been active in the transfer market, with former Golden Boot winner Sergio van Dijk leaving Hindmarsh Stadium this week, probably for Indonesia. Hit’s not great timing for the club with regular striker Bruce Djite out with a groin injury. Van Dijk scored two goals last weekend in a National Youth League clash with Brisbane, but was on the outer after a relationship breakdown with coach John Kosmina. Argentinian Jeronimo will be the front man against Heart.  One of Melbourne's prime attacking weapons, David Williams, is available for selection again after serving a one-match ban.

Adelaide has won four of the seven contests between these clubs, including a 1-0 win at home in November. Heart has collected the three points just once, but that was back in 2010, and they have lost both matches at AAMI Park.

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