Preview: Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
This Friday's game is a chance for the Reds to turn things around but playing the Jets, who they have beaten in seven out of 14 matches, looks a more daunting challenge than it did a month ago.
Date: Friday December 4
Kick-off: 7:30pm ACDT (8pm AEDT)
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium
TV and Radio: Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 107.9 Life FM (Adelaide). To purchase tickets visit www.venuetix.com.au.
Head-to-head Played 14: Wins: Adelaide United 7, Newcastle Jets 4. Draws: 3
Previous meeting Adelaide United 1, Newcastle Jets 1, Hindmarsh Stadium, Round 9, October 2009
Past five matches:
Round 12: Melbourne Victory 3, Adelaide United 1, Etihad Stadium Round 13: Central Coast 0, Adelaide United 0, Canberra Stadium Round 14: Adelaide United 0, Brisbane Roar 2, Hindmarsh Stadium Round 15: Adelaide United 1, Gold Coast United 1, Hindmarsh Stadium Round 16: North Queensland 2, Adelaide United 1, Dairy Farmers Stadium
Round 13: Brisbane Roar 1, Newcastle Jets 1, Suncorp Stadium Round 10: Wellington Phoenix 3, Newcastle Jets 0, Westpac Stadium Round 14: Newcastle Jets 2, North Queensland Fury 0, Energy Australia Stadium Round 15: Newcastle Jets 0, Wellington Phoenix 1, Energy Australia Stadium Round 16: Sydney FC 1, Newcastle Jets 3, Sydney Football Stadium
Analysis: Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has issued an apology to his fans and defender Mark Rudan has described the Reds' situation as 'disgraceful' in the local media. It's amazing what unfolds when a club moves into unfamiliar territory.
The Reds slumped to the bottom of the Hyundai A-League ladder after losing to North Queensland 2-1 last week and are obviously hurting.
They haven't won since Round 11, are wobbly in front of goal, some of last year's best players aren't firing while niggly injuries are proving disruptive to others.
Vidmar looks set to make a couple of changes with Paul Reid set to return to the side after regaining match fitness in the Hyundai A-League while Daniel Mullen, who's been out of favour this season, also gets a look in.
The line-up might be tinkered with too with Cassio letting slip he might be back in the midfield instead of left back at a media conference this week.
Cassio said this Friday's game was a chance to start again and turn things around but playing the Jets, who the Reds have beaten in seven out of 14 matches, looks a more daunting challenge than it did a month ago.
Newcastle has won two of its past three matches with its drought-breaking win against Sydney FC away from home lifting the spirits of all involved.
The Reds have labelled Michael Bridges the danger man after he scored a goal in both halves of last weekend's contest while skipper Matthew Thompson showed his mind was still on the job by finding the back of the net too.
The Jets have also bolstered their side for this clash with Adam D'Apuzzo and Fabio Vignaroli included in the extended squad.
Newcastle is full of confidence and will be keen to make this a six-point game but Adelaide's desperation levels will be at an all time high. It's a recipe for a real slug-fest which may just fall in the Reds' favour.
Adelaide United squad: Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 9.CRISTIANO, 10.Adam HUGHES, 12. Paul REID, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI(gk), 21.Mark RUDAN
In: Paul REID (promoted), Daniel MULLEN (promoted)
Unavailable: Joe COSTA (knee - indefinite)
Newcastle Jets squad: 3. Adam D-APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Jin-Hyung SONG, 8. Matt THOMPSON (c), 9. Sasho PETROVSKI, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 14. Michael BRIDGES, 15. Sean ROONEY, 17. Fabio VIGNAROLI, 20. Neil YOUNG (gk), 22. Kaz PATAFTA, 25. Labinot HALITI, 30. Dion SHAW (gk)
In: Adam D-APUZZO (promoted), Fabio VIGNAROLI (returns from suspension)
Out: Ali ABBAS (not selected)
Unavailable: Ben KENNEDY (groin - 1 week), Shaun ONTONG (Achilles - indefinite), Marko JESIC (knee - indefinite)