Grand Final spot on the line

After its Semi-final first leg stalemate, Adelaide United and Melbourne City are back in action on Sunday afternoon with a spot in the Grand Final on the line.

The Reds and City played out a tense, 0-0 draw at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday.

In the post-match press conference, Veart believed the pressure was now on City given they are at home and still yet to beat a side in the top four this season.

A more open and expansive game is likely compared to the cagey affair witnessed midweek, as the onus will be on the hosts to attack and try and dictate the match on their terms.

However, Adelaide all season have proven that even if they do trail by a goal late on they are not perturbed and have enough belief and energy to fight until the final whistle.

Veart’s side have scored 14 goals after the 84th minute this season, further proof that their never say die attitude is no myth.

It promises to be another fascinating contest with the winner advancing to the title decider.

Team news

Lachlan Barr, Mohamed Toure and Nick Ansell remain the only players unavailable for selection.

Veart on how the squad’s pulled up on short rest…

“The boys are very confident, they’ve pulled up very well from the game on Wednesday.

“And we know it’s our third game in seven days, but the boys are very confident and they’re feeling very fresh.”

Veart on last meeting with City…

“I think the game on Wednesday was very similar to the three previous games that we had against them, they were quite close, entertaining games.

“And I think the game tomorrow will be very similar to what it was on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, though, we can get a couple of goals and keep a clean sheet.

“Very difficult, you know, but our defence did a great job on Wednesday to keep them to limited opportunities, and hopefully we can do that again tomorrow.”

Veart on potential changes to the starting line-up…

“After the session today we’ll reassess how everyone is feeling and you know, we’ll make the choices leading into the game on Sunday.”


Played: 38
Wins: 14
Draws: 12
Losses: 12

Last five meetings

0-0 draw (H)
1-2 win (A)
2-2 draw (H)
2-2 draw (H)
4-1 loss (A)

Match details:
Sunday, 22 May vs Melbourne City
Isuzu UTE A-League 2021/22 – Semi-final Second Leg
Kick-off 1.35pm ACST
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: Network 10
Stream: Paramount+