Adelaide United will face Melbourne City FC at AAMI Park in Round 4 of the A-League in a bid to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.
The Reds have two wins and a draw from three matches and sit in third spot on the table on equal points with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
Spanish superstar David Villa will play in his last match for the home side before departing for New York City, the club he was loaned from.
Villa was originally signed for ten games but will leave after playing only four, with Melbourne club officials unsure if he will return to complete his stint.
[quote]Whether he comes back or not, the professional in him will want to go out a winner, so the Reds players will need to be wary of the World Cup winner, especially in front of goal.[/quote]
Whether he comes back or not, the professional in him will want to go out a winner, so the Reds players will need to be wary of the World Cup winner, especially in front of goal.
Adelaide coach Josep Gombau has been consistent all season in his declaration that his team will play the way they want, regardless of the opposition.
That game is based on speed, precise passing and a willingness to take the match on.
It has worked so far, with the likes of Marcelo Carrusca, Pablo Sanchez, Sergio Cirio, Awer Mabil and Isaias all in top creative form early on.
Gombau will also welcome back Bruce Djite, with the striker fully recovered from the calf injury that kept him out of the Reds 2-0 victory over Perth Glory on Sunday.
Djite has also been in excellent touch of late, with his stunning goal against Brisbane Roar one of the early-season highlights of the A-League.
Djite's extra-time goal against Sydney FC also helped secure the Reds a semi-final berth so is a valuable addition tot the United line-up.
The Reds will try to open-up City and dictate the game in a bid to unsettle both the home team and its fans.
With fatigue from the mid-week cup clash a possible factor, United will want to score early in order to ensure a positive result.
If City are still in the game in the last half hour, it could be a tense finish.
Can Adelaide United remain undefeated?