Once the Christmas meals have been digested and the presents have been unwrapped, it will be time to get back into a feast of Hyundai A-League football, starting with a Friday night cracker in Adelaide.
Although festive cheer may have been in short supply for both of these clubs given their results prior to Christmas.
While the Reds are in fifth spot on the ladder heading towards the New Year, they were humbled 1-0 by Central Coast Mariners last Sunday.
Gertjan Verbeek was furious with his players and his words are sure to be ringing in their ears heading into this one.
Despite taking a late lead against Western United FC in their last outing, the Wanderers had to settle for 1-1 draw to extend the Red and Black's winless run to six matches.
Only Melbourne Victory (nine) have dropped more competition points from winning positions this Hyundai A-League season than Markus Babbel’s side (eight).
Friday, 27 December 2019
Kick-off: 7pm local, 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Adelaide United squad: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Michaël MARIA, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 10.James TROISI, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 34.Yared ABETEW, 35.Al Hassan TOURE, 37.Jai KING **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 14.George BLACKWOOD (returns from injury), 20.Paul IZZO (returns from injury), 34.Yared ABETEW (promoted), 37.Jai KING (promoted)
Unavailable: 8.Riley McGREE (knee), 11.Kristian OPSETH (adductor), 29.Kusini YENGI (knee), 31.Mirko BOLAND (knee), 36.Noah SMITH (foot)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 9.Nicolai MULLER, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14 Alex MEIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 38.Presley ORTIZ, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk), 53.Mohamed AL-TAAY **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 23.Kosta GROZOS, 38.Presley ORTIZ, 53.Mohamed AL-TAAY
Unavailable: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (knee), 10.Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder)
Did you know?
- Western Sydney Wanderers FC picked up a 3-1 win in their last A-League game against Adelaide United – snapping a seven-game winless run against them (D4, L3) – and will now be searching for back-to-back wins against them for the first time since November 2013.
- Western Sydney Wanderers FC have lost only one of their last six A-League games against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium (W2, D3).
- Adelaide United have kept a first-half clean sheet in seven of their last eight A-League games on home soil, going on to pick up six wins in that span (L2).
- Western Sydney Wanderers have lost seven of their last eight A-League games away from home (W1), including their last four on the bounce.
- Adelaide United (75%) and Western Sydney Wanderers (77%) endure the lowest and second-lowest passing accuracies respectively of any teams this A-League campaign.
Round 12: Adelaide v Wanderers
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