Reds set for Gamba

Adelaide is ready for the biggest match in its short history when it takes on J-League powerhouse Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League final first leg in Japan on Wednesday night.

Adelaide is ready for the biggest match in its short history when it takes on J-League powerhouse Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League final first leg in Japan on Wednesday night.

Coach Aurelio Vidmar said the squad is aware of the club's unique position and insisted the players are ready to handle the pressure of representing their country in front of a massive world audience.

"This is the biggest game in our club's history and I know the whole of Australia will be watching it, so we'll try and do the right thing for our country," Vidmar said.

Goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is set to start between the posts after overcoming a groin injury that has seen him miss the past two Hyundai A-League matches.

Midfielder Diego will also play after missing Adelaide's last match due to hamstring tightness, but Paul Reid and Fabian Barbiero are unlikely starters.

Vidmar will wait until just before kick-off to decide on whether the injured pair will fill a place on the extended bench, with Kristian Sarkies and Lucan Pantelis replacing the duo in the starting line up.

Midfielder Yasuhito Endo is one of the biggest names in Japanese football and he headlines the Gamba Osaka side chock-full of local talent and three classy Brazilians.

But Vidmar will not pay any extra attention to Endo, despite the Japanese playmaker playing a part in all four of Gamba's goals during the semi final legs.

"Every team we have played in the Asian Champions League have had one or two outstanding players but we've never given them any special attention. With Osaka, they've got Endo but also 15-20 other very good players, so we know they will be extremely difficult," Vidmar said.

"They're a very good side like all Japanese clubs. They're technically gifted, fast and fit so we will have our work cut out."

The Reds will go into the match as underdogs, but interestingly, their last visit to Japan resulted in a 1-1 draw with the Antlers after coming off a loss in the Hyundai A-League to Melbourne. If Adelaide can produce the same result this time round then last week's 3-2 loss to the Victory will be a distant memory.