Adelaide United will take on Brisbane Roar in its opening match of the 2014/15 A-League season on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.
It’s a tough ask for the Reds to face the defending champions away but no doubt the players will take some confidence from their win against the same club in the FFA Cup Round of 16 on September 23.
Whether or not that result has any effect on the Round 1 clash remains to be seen, but there is no doubt United have been building on the confidence gained from last season, their first under Josep Gombau.
Gombau was lauded around the country for implementing an attacking style of play and his genuine enthusiasm for the game, something his players exhibited out on the field.
[quote]With another pre-season under their belts, both players and coach will be expecting to take the next step and mount a serious challenge for the title.[/quote]
With another pre-season under their belts, both players and coach will be expecting to take the next step and mount a serious challenge for the title.
Word from the Reds camp is they have developed beyond the standard 4-3-3 system employed last season and are ready to spring a few surprises on unsuspecting opposition with a fluid game plan that can change as the match dictates.
It will be interesting to see how that system plays out against Brisbane.
Key to this fixture will no doubt be the battle between midfield-maestro’s Thomas Broich and Marcelo Carrusca, two players at the top of their individual games and the barometers for their respective sides.
Perhaps the biggest unknown for the home team is whether the loss of Beshart Berisha will hamper its ability to score goals.
The Albanian star, who has already scored for new club Melbourne Victory in the season opener on Friday night, has been replaced in the Roar squad by countryman Mensur Kurtishi.
Judging by Kurtishi’s five-goal performance in Brisbane’s pre-season hit-out against Olympic FC, he is no slouch himself in finding the back of the net.
This one promises to be a cracker and a result by the Reds could well set up its season.
Momentum is a key to success in any sport and if United come out firing, the rest of the competition will take note.
Can United beat the reigning champions at Suncorp?