Melbourne City v Adelaide United: match preview
Adelaide United need to beat Melbourne City to give themselves the best chance of a return to the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
The Reds suffered Semi-Final heartbreak after a penalty shootout loss to Perth Glory in 2019/20 and Carl Veart’s side have put themselves in contention for another top-six berth with their stellar form since the restart.
Sixth-placed Adelaide head into their final game of the campaign leading seventh-placed Western United by two points, but the competition newcomers still have three matches to play following the conclusion of the Reds’ season.
Anything less than a win will leave Adelaide’s finals hopes hanging by a thread – but Erick Mombaerts’ City will certainly be no pushovers.
The Victorians delivered a dominant 2-0 win over Premiers-elect, Sydney FC, in their only match since the lockdown was lifted – and three more points for City will secure second place and a first-round bye in the Finals Series.
Adelaide and City have shared a win apiece in their two league meetings this season, while the Reds romped to victory in a 4-0 FFA Cup Final demolition job back in October 2019.
Tuesday, August 11 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 507
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUEZ, 39.Idrus ABDULAHI, 40.Richard WINDBICHLER, 46.Joe GAUCI (gk), 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (completes quarantine - promoted), 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES (promoted), 39.Idrus ABDULAHI (promoted)
Outs: 3.Scott JAMIESON (family reasons)
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 6.Stefan MAUK, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Pacifique NIYONGABIRE, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 34.Yared ABETEW, 35.Al Hassan TOURE, 36.Noah SMITH, 40.Dakota OCHSENHAM (gk), 42.Taras GOMULKA, 49.Mohamed TOURE **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 34.Yared Abetew (promoted), 49.Mohamed TOURE (promoted)
Unavailable: 10.James TROISI (knee), 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (knee - season), 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ (foot), 29.Kusini YENGI (pelvis)
Did you know?
- Each of Adelaide United's last six Hyundai A-League matches have seen the half-time score reflect the full-time outcome, with the Reds losing only twice in that time.
- Melbourne City have won four of their last six Hyundai A-League clashes.
- City striker Jamie Maclaren has the best minutes per goal (95.7) ratio of any player to have scored at least four goals in 2019/20.