Adelaide United can jump back into second position on the A-League ladder with a win over the Central Coast Mariners at Gosford on Sunday.
The Mariners form has improved of late with draws in its last two outings, the most recent a mid-week nil-all effort against Asian champions Western Sydney, a positive sign for the club.
Central Coast also have the comfort of playing at home, but will know even that might not be enough to stave off a rampant Reds outfit.
[quote]Recent history also favours the visitors, with United winning the last outing between the clubs – a 3-2 result in the FFA Cup semi-final just over a week ago. [/quote]
Recent history also favours the visitors, with United winning the last outing between the clubs – a 3-2 result in the FFA Cup semi-final just over a week ago.
Adelaide have so far taken all before them this season and have played some of the best football in the league.
The pace, precision, accountability and finishing that Josep Gombau’s players have been able to exhibit this season has been, at times, breathtaking.
Even more important is that those individual players are functioning well as a unit and appear motivated to take their team right to the top.
Striker Bruce Djite is still unavailable with a thigh injury but Adelaide have enough options to cover the talented goal-scorer, as they have shown during his absence.
Doubts over the fitness of midfield playmaker Marcelo Carrusca have been unfounded, with the Argentinian named in the squad to face the Mariners.
The Reds front half has been potent, with Sergio Cirio and Awer Mabil both adding to the score sheet regularly in recent weeks.
Pablo Sanchez will also be looking to score his first goal for the Reds after coming close of late but failing to hit the target.
Fabio Ferreira has been used mostly of the bench so far this season but the Portugese midfielder has scored twice in his last two appearances against Central Coast and may get more opportunity on Sunday.
Its forecast to be a hot one in Gosford, with the predicted top of 34 degrees likely to have an effect on both sides but, considering this is the home team’s fifth match in fifteen days, the Mariners players may just be at a disadvantage.
Adelaide has class all over the pitch and should be able to win this one, but a fast start by Central Coast could make it interesting.
What’s you prediction for the result?