Melbourne City are looking to bounce back tonight following last week’s derby disappointment, but face a strong Adelaide United side that looks set for a big season.
The goals were flowing last week, as we predicted, and once again the question for Melbourne City is can they tighten up at the back and give themselves a chance here? Fans will be eager to see if JVS once again persists with Iain Ramsay at left fullback, last week’s dismal performance should have spelt the end of the experiment. Meanwhile, City will have a tougher time going forward, with Gombau’s man having conceded the equal least goals so far this season. Chances could be at a premium, and must be better converted tonight.
Adelaide United look like a contender this season. A great attack, a tight defence, playing entertaining football, and, most important of all, getting results. Undefeated so far, they’ll be looking to continue that streak tonight. Cirio is in great form and will be someone who City need to have a plan for, otherwise he could potentially cause havoc. But their attacking quality doesn’t end there, with players such as Pablo Sanchez and Bruce Djite surely fancying themselves against a defence that conceeded 5 last week.
Melbourne City Squad:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
two to be omitted
13.Jonatan GERMANO (promoted)
15.David WILLIAMS (returns from injury)
19.Ben GARUCCIO (promoted)
25.Jacob MELLING (omitted)
Adelaide United Squad:
1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (C) (GK)
20.Paul IZZO (GK)
two to be omitted
11.Bruce DJITE (returns from injury)
20.Paul IZZO (GK) (promoted)
24.Bruce KAMAU (promoted)
30.John HALL (GK) (omitted)
22.Fabio FERREIRA (hamstring 2-4 weeks)
Adelaide United look likely to claim an away victory tonight, 2-1 will be the final score.
Perhaps somewhat inexplicably, Melbourne City are the favourites tonight, paying $2.40. Adelaide United look great value at $2.70 and I’m sure many fancy themselves to outsmart the bookies tonight at that price. The draw is paying $3.50.
Who: Melbourne City vs Adelaide United
When: 7:40 PM, Friday 31st October 2014
Where: AAMI Park