Reds Keen To Break Melbourne Hoodoo

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Adelaide's Eugune Galekovic is searching for three straight clean sheets. Picture: Sarah Reed/

Adelaide has been to Melbourne twice this season going down to Victory 3-0 , before playing a 3-3 draw with Heart the following week. While Josep Gombau’s troops are unbeaten in three matches against Victory, they struggle at Etihad Stadium. Their winless streak against Kevin Muscat’s men in Melbourne is four games, with their last success a 4-1 thumping back in 2011.

Aside from the travel bug to Melbourne, Adelaide has been good in its last 10 matches. The Reds have won six, drawn three and lost just one. During this period, there have been impressive away wins – 3-0 against Sydney FC and 2-1 over Brisbane Roar. Tarek Elrich returns from suspension, while Michael Zullo must serve a one-match ban after picking up a fifth yellow card last weekend. Adelaide’s defence has been hard to penetrate of late, with keeper Eugene Galekovic, and those at the back, producing consecutive clean sheets.

Fresh from progressing to the group stage of the Asian Champions League, the ‘Big V’ is unbeaten in three starts since successive 5-0 defeats. Defence has been the Victorians’ big problem, having leaked 29 goals in 19 premiership fixtures this season. Bottom side, Melbourne Heart, is the only other team with a worse record, having conceded 30. Muscat has Kosta Barbarouses back from injury, while he’s added Connor Pain, Jason Geria and back-up keeper Lawrence Thomas. Victory’s last A-League outing produced a 3-1 win over champions Central Coast.

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