Adelaide Left Red-Faced By Backline

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Eugene Galekovic is Adelaide's man between the sticks. Image courtesy of Reed
After a promising opening week 3-1 win over Perth Glory, Adelaide United has mustered just three points since then courtesy of three draws. The backline has been a big problem with the Reds yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Last week they held a 2-0 lead at half-time against Melbourne Heart but the home side stormed back in to the contest and it took a deflected free kick from Marcelo Carrusca to salvage a point from a 3-3 draw.

Manager Josep Gombau was at pains last weekend to explain his defence is a work in progress, saying his team needs to get used to defending so high. At least the boss has his team back at home this weekend after three straight weeks on the road.

There is no such worry for Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey who has his team purring along in first place with six wins in eight starts this campaign. Importantly, he has striker Besart Berisha fit and firing after a stint on the sidelines, and his left-foot finish last week sunk Glory 1-0 in a match Roar dominated at Suncorp Stadium.

Former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder, Liam Miller, is back from a calf injury for Brisbane, but he’ll return via the bench. It’s no surprise he hasn’t walked straight back in to the starting line-up as Roar won four of the five matches it played in his absence and the only loss came in the slosh against Newcastle a fortnight back. Goalkeeper Michael Theo (shoulder) and Jade North (groin) will miss at least another week of action.

Brisbane hasn’t been beaten at Hindmarsh Stadium since February 2010, and that run includes four wins and a draw . Roar came up trumps with a pair of 1-0 wins there last season as well as a 2-1 victory in the elimination final.

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