With both sides returning to the winners' circle last weekend, Sydney FC will be plotting back-to-back wins while United will be desperate to prove Sunday's triumph in the heat was no mirage.
Friday, 11 December 2015
Adelaide United v Sydney FC
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-Off: 7:10 PM (Local) (7:40 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Cetrangolo
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Cream
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and SBS TWO from 7:30pm (AEDT)
Radio Broadcast: 891 ABC Adelaide, 702 ABC Sydney, ABC Local Radio SA, ABC Local Radio NSW, ABC Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. Crocmedia A-League Live (www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio). 5 RTI (Adelaide)
Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #ADLvSYD
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, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Mate DUGANDZIC, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 19.Eli BABALJ, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 25.Ruon TONGYIK
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Ben WARLAND (promoted), 16.Craig GOODWIN (returns from suspension), 19.Eli BABALJ (returns from injury)
Outs: 24.Bruce Kamau (hamstring)
Unavailable: 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA (foot - 1 week), 5.Osama MALIK (hamstring - 1 week),
Sydney FC squad: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 3.Alex GERSBACH, 4.Zac ANDERSON, 5.Matt JURMAN, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Christopher NAUMOFF, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.George BLACKWOOD, 27.Mickael TAVARES
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Zac ANDERSON (promoted), 11.Christopher NAUMOFF (promoted), 13.Brandon O’NEILL (promoted)
Outs: 14.Alex BROSQUE (hamstring - 1 week)
Unavailable: 22.Ali ABBAS (knee - indefinite)
It took nine long, trying weeks but the Reds belatedly broke their season duck and climbed off the foot of the Hyundai A-League ladder by downing Perth Glory 1-0 last Sunday.
The win gave first-year coach Guillermo Amor, who has experienced a mighty tough initiation, his maiden victory as a senior manager of any club, while United fans at last have some hope to hang onto.
With a short five-day turnaround from that Glory clash which was played in searing heat, backing up that effort will be no easy task, made harder still by the fact Friday's opponent is Sydney FC.
The Sky Blues, who ousted Adelaide from last season's championship race in the semi-finals, are around the mark again, despite not yet really hitting their straps.
Last weekend's 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets was Sydney's first win since October, the Sky Blues having endured three scoreless draws and a shoddy home loss to grand final conqueror Melbourne Victory in the meantime.
- Sydney FC haven’t won consecutive matches against Adelaide since the opening match of the 2008/09 season.
- Adelaide United have won four of their last six (D1, L1) A-League matches (inc. Play-offs) against Sydney FC and have conceded just five goals in the process.
- Adelaide are undefeated in their last four home matches against Sydney FC (W2, D2).
- The last clash between these sides was a 4-1 victory to Sydney FC in the 2014/15 playoffs.
ROUTE TO GOAL
Sydney are the competition's most miserly outfit this season, conceding 25 percent less goals than the next closest (top-of-the-table Western Sydney Wanderers), but at the other end, only the battling Adelaide and Perth outfits have scored less frequently.
Lacking a potent punch, the Sky Blues are averaging just one goal per outing, virtually half of last season's 1.93 average when they made the grand final.
Captain Alex Brosque's goal in last Friday's 1-0 win over the Jets at Allianz Stadium was Sydney's first score in three weeks. With three goals this season, Brosque sits atop the Blues' leaderboard but won't be there on Friday night after a hamstring complaint last week.
Marquee Slovakian striker Filip Holosko had numerous chances against the Jets but his radar was awry, while veteran Shane Smeltz has yet to really fire this season.
The Reds secured their breakthrough victory last Sunday thanks largely to a more fluid look from the outset following the two-pronged recall to the starting XI of leading scorer Pablo Sanchez, who scored a nice goal inside the first two minutes, and playmaker Marcelo Carrusca, who was back to his creative, dangerous best.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Sydney FC, who confirmed they would play a friendly with Arsenal in 2017 at ANZ Stadium.
Adelaide United: LLDLW
Sydney FC: DLDDW
Adelaide United 0-1 Sydney FC