The teams are in for Friday's clash with Adelaide. See who's in and who's out of this week's side.
After a convincing 3-0 win against Sydney last week, John van’t Schip’s side come into this week’s contest with an air of conficdence as they prepare themselves for one of the biggest tests in the league.
van’t Schip announced to the media on Thursday morning that Anthony Caceres would miss this week’s clash with a quad strain after he pulled out of Tuesday’s session complaining of tightness. With that news, Jason Trifiro enters the extended side with the Dutchman able to call upon a plethora of midfield options.
Northern Ireland international Aaron Hughes also returns to fray looking to bolster the defence that picked up its second clean sheet of the season last week against Sydney. Competition is hot in the City defence as well with Connor Chapman declared “fit and read” by van’t Schip earler in the week.
The rampant Reds enter this week’s contest coming off a 14-game unbeaten run that has seen them sky-rocket to the top of the Hyundai A-League.
Guillermo Amor’s side come off a commanding 4-0 away win against Wellington however they will be without Soceroos full-back Tarek Elrich. Elrich is set to miss four weeks through a groin injury and will be a hard hole to fill for Adelaide.
Isais also returns to the side with the experienced Spaniard looking to play a role on Friday night. See the match on SBS and Fox Sports tomorrow night, kick-off 7:40pm.
Friday, 11 March 2016
Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-Off: 7:10 PM (Local) (7:40 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Rick Schneider
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT), SBS TWO from 7:30pm AEDT and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 891 ABC Adelaide, 774 ABC Melbourne ABC Local Radio SA, ABC Local Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. Crocmedia A-League Live (www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio). 5RTI (Adelaide)
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Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 6.Stefan MAUK, 7.PABLO SANCHEZ,8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Mate DUGANDZIC, 20.John HALL (gk), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Bruce KAMAU, 26.Jordan PUDLER
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 8.ISAIAS (returns from injury), 15.Ben WARLAND (promoted), 26.Jordan PUDLER (promoted)
Outs: 21.Tarek ELRICH (groin – 4 weeks)
Unavailable: 19.Eli BABALJ (knee – season)
Melbourne City FC Squad: 1. Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 2. Alex WILKINSON, 3. Aaron HUGHES, 4. Connor CHAPMAN, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 8. Aaron MOOY, 9. Harry NOVILLO, 11. Michael ZULLO, 16. Jason TRIFIRO, 17. Wade DEKKER, 18. Paulo RETRE, 19. Ben GARUCCIO, 20. Dean BOUZANIS, 23. Bruno FORNAROLI, 24. Patrick KISNORBO, 25. Jacob MELLING, 27. Nick FITZGERALD, 33. Osama MALIK
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 3. Aaron HUGHES (promoted), 16. Jason TRIFIRO (promoted), 17. Wade DEKKER (promoted)
Outs: 29. Anthony CACERES (quad – approx. 1 week)Unavailable: 7. Corey GAMIERO (knee – season)