Adelaide could take possession of top spot if results go their way and they just might if they score the opening goal.
Date: Saturday November 17, 2012 Kick-off: 5.00pm CST, 5.30pm AEDT Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Head-to-head Played: 6, Wins: Adelaide United 3, Melbourne Heart 1, Draws: 2
Previous encounter Adelaide United 1 Melbourne Heart 1, March 23 2012
Form: Past five matches: Adelaide United: WLWWD Melbourne Heart: DLLLW
The Game John Kosmina's side extended their unbeaten run to three games following a hard-fought 1-1 draw upon Travis Dodd's return to Adelaide with Perth Glory, while Heart proved they are a force to be reckoned with after dismantling defending champions Brisbane Roar 4-1.
Adelaide, however, go into the clash full of confidence having lost just once in six previous meetings against the Heart, although the club's only defeat came on home soil during their debut season less than two years ago.
John Aloisi has already warned rival teams there is plenty more to come from his Heart troops but history suggests another United win is on the cards.
The big issue Adelaide United: Will Kosmina opt against a recognised striker for the third time this season? As was the case against Melbourne Victory in Round 3, Adelaide left Sergio van Dijk and Bruce Djite out of the squad to face Perth in favour of Jeronimo Neumann, Marcelo Carrusca and Dario Vidosic, a front three combination that has scored seven of the Reds' nine goals this season.
Kosmina has also hinted at a possible return for van Dijk and given his record of four goals in five appearances against Heart, a call up could be on the cards.
Melbourne Heart: The Heart have not won back-to-back games since February 26, when they beat the now defunct Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners in successive weeks. Since then, the red and white of Melbourne have won just 2 of their past 11 Hyundai A-League games, including last Friday's demolition of Brisbane.
Instrumental in that victory was Nick Kalmar, who made his first start of the season. The Victorian Premier League product offered an alternative to midfielders Matt Thompson and Richard Garcia with his penetrating runs from box-to-box and passing, but whether he takes to the field from minute one against Adelaide remains to be seen.
Gamebreaker Whether it is with his head or from a free-kick, Dario Vidosic can do it all. The fleet-footed creative midfielder has four goals in six games for the Reds this season, which has ignited calls of a return to the Socceroos setup.
Prediction Adelaide 3-2 Melbourne: Adelaide could take sole possession of top spot if results go their way and they just might if they score the opening goal.
After netting first in season eight, the Reds have taking nine points out of a possible nine, while Heart have lost all three games when they've conceded first. Aloisi's charges won't be short of belief but the Vidosic and home factor should be enough to get Adelaide over the line.