GCU wary of Reds

Gold Coast United won't be underestimating cellar dwellers Adelaide at Skilled Park on Saturday night as the men in yellow strive for their fifth straight home win.

Gold Coast United won't be underestimating cellar dwellers Adelaide at Skilled Park on Saturday night as the men in yellow strive for their fifth straight home win.

In-form defender Kristian Rees indicated on Thursday there will be no room for complacency as United comes up against a Red's side treating the Round 22 clash like a grand final.

Celebrating his 30th birthday on Wednesday, Rees has been instrumental for Gold Coast this season and after netting a brace against Brisbane last round, showed he can score goals as well as stop them.

Beginning his career under Zoran Matic at Adelaide City, the big defender knows Adelaide all too well, although he suffered a disappointment on his return to Hindmarsh Stadium when he was shown a red card in a 1-1 draw.

That result and the knowledge Adelaide remains the league runners-up for last season has ensure Rees' current side will maintain some respect for the Reds.

"I think the way Adelaide play they should be higher up the table, they've got a good style of football and they do create chances,"

"But obviously everyone knows that they haven't been putting the ball into the back of the net this year and that's hurt them,"

"When you come across teams that can play good football and do create chances, you have to be really careful because eventually they'll put a few away,"

"We've got to be on our toes and hopefully we're not the team they get the opportunities against," Rees said.

Unbeaten in its last four home matches, Gold Coast is looking to strengthen its fortress against Adelaide, a side it's yet to lose to this season.

A win on Saturday would see United become just the third Hyundai A-League team to have a winning streak of five or more home matches; Brisbane (once) and Melbourne (twice) are the only two teams to have previously managed such a feat.

With the run into the finals firmly in his sights, Gold Coast boss Miron Bleiberg is also cautious of Aurelio Vidmar's under-achievers.

"People portray it as third versus last, but I don't think it's fair to call Adelaide last," Bleiberg said.

"I don't think they will finish last and I don't think they are the worst team in the competition,"

"They are better than what they are now, it's just a matter of when they wake up but hopefully it's not this week," he said.

Gold Coast is unlikely to change its starting formation as the team starts to find some rhythm, especially in-front of goal.

Shane Smeltz is on fire for GCU scoring seven goals in his last four matches including a hat-trick against the Roar. The league's leading goal scorer is now sitting on 18 for the season, a tally that is likely to see more additions before season's end.

Looking to muster all of its defensive muscle, Adelaide's Qantas Socceroo duo Eugene Galekovic and Scott Jamieson will fly directly into Queensland and link up with their team-mates.

Cassio and Paul Reid are available for selection, however Brazilian wing-back Alemao is highly doubtful after picking up a hip injury against Sydney in Round-21.