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The Clash: Adelaide United are the only side in the league yet to register a win for the season. Thursday night they come up against a Melbourne City side struggling to live up to their pre-season hype. City gave away a two goal half time lead at home last Friday to surprise package Newcastle Jets which has cast a shadow over their title chances this season. Adelaide played some quality football away to Brisbane Roar last Saturday night however in the end were comprehensively beaten 3-0. This may be the Reds chance to get off the mark against an under pressure Melbourne City.
The Stats: Adelaide have not won in their last five league games, including finals, with two draws and three losses. Melbourne city have only kept two clean sheets in their last 19 away games at an average of two goals per game
The Prediction: Adelaide’s first win 2-1
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.PABLO SANCHEZ, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (c), 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Mate DUGANDZIC, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Bruce KAMAU, 30.John SOLARI (gk)
***two to be omitted***
Ins: 23.Jordan ELSEY (returns from injury), 24.Bruce KAMAU (returns from injury)
Unavailable: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (knee – 3 weeks), 4.Iacopo LA ROCCA (foot – 2 weeks), 19.Eli BABALJ (foot – 4 weeks)
Melbourne City FC Squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 3.Aaron HUGHES, 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 7.Corey GAMEIRO, 8.Aaron MOOY, 9.Harry NOVILLO, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 17.Wade DEKKER, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (C), 25.Jacob MELLING
***two to be omitted***
Ins: 3.Aaron HUGHES (returns from injury), 6.Erik PAARTALU (promoted), 9.Harry NOVILLO (promoted), 16.Jason TRIFIRO (promoted), 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK) (promoted)
Outs: 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (omitted), 36.Matt MILLER (omitted), 50.Alexander PAVLIDIS (GK) (omitted)
Unavailable: 5.Ivan FRANJIC (quad – 1-2 weeks), 10.Robert KOREN (calf – 3-4 weeks), 11.Michael ZULLO (calf – 1-2 weeks), 14.James BROWN (foot – indefinite), 26.Marc MARINO (knee – 3 months)