Hyundai A-League preview: Adelaide v Perth
With temperatures set to soar high into the 30s in Adelaide on Sunday this clash has been pushed back to the evening, however the heat will still be on these two sides in what shapes as a desperate battle.
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Adelaide United v Perth Glory
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-Off: 7:00 PM (Local) (7:30 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referee 1: Brad Hobson
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Toth
Fourth Official: Rick Schneider
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEDT)
Radio Broadcast: 891 ABC Adelaide, 720 ABC Perth, ABC Local Radio SA & WA, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live
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To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au/tickets
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 7.PABLO SANCHEZ, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.George MELLS, 17.Mate DUGANDZIC, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 19.Eli BABALJ, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Bruce KAMAU, 25.Ruon TONGYIK
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 17.Mate DUGANDZIC (promoted), 19.Eli BABALJ (returns from injury)
Outs: 16.Craig GOODWIN (suspended)
Unavailable: 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA (foot – 1 week), 5.Osama MALIK (hamstring – 3 weeks)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Jamal REINERS, 25.Jacob COLLARD, 28.Joe KNOWLES
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Gyorgy SANDOR (promoted), 19.Josh RISDON (promoted), 25.Jacob COLLARD (promoted)
Outs: 29.Aryn WILLIAMS (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: 2.Alex GRANT (thigh – 1 week), 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle – 4 weeks),8.Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee – indefinite), 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ (foot – 1 week)
Reputations, bragging rights and perhaps even livelihoods will be on the line this Sunday when Adelaide United and Perth Glory shape up in a bomb-shelter battle between two proud clubs who are both currently on their knees.
These two teams, who just 12 months ago fought out the FFA Cup final, share a solitary win from a combined 15 clashes this season - and that was Perth beating United at home five weeks ago.
The Reds have yet to register a single victory from eight starts under besieged first-year coach Guillermo Amor and the natives are getting mighty restless.
Out west, Glory aren't faring much better.
After spending almost two-thirds of last season on top of the A-League ladder, Perth were unceremoniously turfed out of the finals race for salary cap violations and have never really recovered.
Last Friday's 5-1 shellacking against Melbourne City did coach Kenny Lowe no favours and was far from the ideal way to lead into Glory's 20-year anniversary celebrations.
- Adelaide United are unbeaten in five A-League home matches against the Glory (W3 D2).
- Perth have only beaten Adelaide once in the last 10 A-League matches (D5 L4), however, they did beat them in the most recent league fixture (Perth 3-1 Adelaide).
- Nebojsa Marinkovic has scored in two of his last three A-League matches against Adelaide, with his last goal securing a point for the Glory.
- Both of these sides have scored seven goals this season – a joint league low.
- Craig Goodwin has created more chances than any other Adelaide player this season, but is yet to provide an assist.
- Perth have won once in seven fixtures this season (D1 L5). They ended the last campaign with four wins in five (L1).
ROUTE TO GOAL
United have found goal-scoring tough this season. Or more to the point, they have made life tough for themselves.
In each match across the past month the Reds have chalked up more total shots than their opponents (58-36) but have been comfortably outscored (5-10) such has been their haphazard decision-making, execution and general profligacy in front of goal.
Marcelo Carrusca, who has found himself out of favour in Amor's set-up, notched the only Adelaide goal - a late consolation penalty - in last week's away loss to Melbourne Victory, while the Reds' outright leading scorer this season, Pablo Sanchez, spends more time sitting on the pine than he does seeing action.
For Perth, Sidnei's first-half stoppage-time headed goal against City was not only a rare bright spot in a nightmare evening, it was Glory's only score for the whole of November.
Perth's bid to lure back last year's Irish striking sensation Andy Keogh was denied recently, while Jamie Maclaren's off-season defection to Brisbane Roar also robbed Perth plenty of forward potency.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Glory: December 1 marked Perth Glory FC's 20th birthday.
Adelaide United: LLLDL
Perth Glory: WLLDL
Adelaide United 2-1 Perth Glory