Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 27 Preview – #ADLvWSW


Adelaide United Head Coach, Guillermo Amor and midfielder, Isaías, are desperate for a win over Western Sydney Wanderers as the Club hope to avoid the wooden spoon at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night.

The Reds will look to finish the final round of the domestic season on a high note in order to maximise its preparation for the remainder of the AFC Champions League.

It is the third encounter between the two sides with the Reds falling 2-1 at home in Round 2 before recording a goalless away draw at the beginning of March.

Amor said his side remain in good physical condition after returning from their Asian Champions League triumph over Jeju United in South Korea on Thursday.

“I think the players that didn’t travel are in very good condition and the others I think have recovered,” Amor said.

“Today’s training was normal but not too tiring.

“We played the other day, but so did Western Sydney Wanderers and for me it’s not an excuse.”

The Spanish tactician insist the team will do everything it can to claim the three points.

“It’s the last game in the league and it’s a very important game,” he said.

“We want to finish well and to win at home.”

Another tight contest is expected with four of the previous six games between the two sides ending all square. Moreover, in three of those matches no goals were scored.

Isaías said the motivation in the players is innate, affirming the Reds must win to circumvent coming last on the table. 

“We are always motivated, for us every training I’m motivated,” Isaías said.

“For us it’s important to get the win tomorrow and if we win, we’ll get off the bottom (of the ladder), so I think it’s very important.

“It’ll be a difficult game tomorrow.

“We need to be ready and prepare the game properly because we need to win.”

Upon reflecting on the season, Isaías said “momentum” has been a big factor behind the Club’s form this campaign.

United have lost only one of their previous seven matches and the star midfielder is optimistic the positive results can continue.

“Momentum, sometimes football is about momentum,” he explained.

“I think we played good football at the start of the season, but the luck wasn’t with us.

“And sometimes you get this momentum of bad luck and you start not to get the results.

“Now I think we’re still playing good and working very hard and I think the momentum is with us a little bit.

“So I think we need to keep working very hard and keep focused and hopefully the momentum stays with us and we keep getting points.”

Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 27 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season on Saturday, 15 April at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACST.