Carlo Armiento expects Perth Glory Youth to provide another tough test when the Young Reds meet them at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.
The Young Reds recorded a 2-1 win the last time the pair played, but have since suffered narrow defeats in their past two outings.
Armiento anticipated his side would need to be up for a physical battle against the Glory.
“They’re going to be a tough outfit,” Armiento said.
“Their first-team is doing well so I wouldn’t be surprised if their youth team is playing the same formation, the same way – so it’d be a good challenge for us.”
Adelaide lie in third place on the same amount of points as Perth with seven following back-to-back defeats against both Melbourne clubs.
The 19-year-old admitted his side just needed to keep things simple after they surrendered a two-goal lead on their way to a 3-2 loss versus Melbourne City Youth.
“I think we just need to start again,” he said.
“Our start of the season was excellent so we just need to get back to basics and listen to Paul (Pezos) and try to get the three points.”
Armiento, who has scored three goals this season, said his aim was to continue to perform well in order to force his way into the Reds’ senior outfit on a consistent basis.
Indeed, due to impressing in training and when playing in the Foxtel Y-League, Armiento made his Hyundai A-League debut against Melbourne Victory.
“That’s pretty much the goal,” he revealed.
“When I play for the youth team I try to do well, I try to score and then just keep going.
“Anything can happen I can’t really control what goes on up there, so one step at a time.”
Adelaide United Youth face Perth Glory Youth in Round 8 of the Foxtel Y-League 2018/19 season on Saturday, 5 January at Dorrien Gardens. Kick-off is at 1.00pm ACDT.