Is Adelaide Really United?

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Dario Vidosic will lead Adelaide up front on Sunday. Image courtesy of
Regardless of whether Michael Valkanis wanted John Kosmina’s job at Adelaide United , he now has it, and the former assistant coach has a big job picking up a deflated squad which has picked up just seven points from its last seven games.

He’ll have to do so without one of his regular strike weapons playing up front. Argentinian Jeronimo Neumann is suspended, and with Bruce Djite injured, Valkanis is light on for options up forward. The problem could have been easily solved by slotting Sergio van Dijk in there, but the Dutchman left the club a few weeks back, leaving Dario Vidosic to shoulder the load at the attacking end of the ground.

The Reds have lost two on the bounce; a 2-0 defeat in Melbourne against Heart was followed by a 3-1 thumping by the Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium. Their saving grace is their home record. The fans at Hindmarsh Stadium have seen United lose just one of its nine matches there this season, but that was a disappointing 1-0 defeat by a struggling Brisbane Roar outfit a month ago.

On the other hand, it has all been smooth sailing for Western Sydney . Tony Popovic has pretty much a full squad to choose from, apart from the suspended Jerome Polenz following his send off against Heart last weekend. That 1-0 win typified the Wanderers first season, which has been built on hard work and application. The new boys have won five of their eight matches on the road this season.

The Wanderers mauled the Reds 6-1 when they visited Parramatta Stadium just before Christmas, and it could well be argued that was the start of Adelaide’s sharp loss of form. That victory reversed the 1-0 scoreline in favour of Adelaide when the teams met at Hindmarsh at the start of the season.

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