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Apr 01, 2022   |  2:14PM AET

Reds prepare for home Original Rivalry

Reds prepare for home Original Rivalry

The final instalment of the Original Rivalry for the 2021/22 regular season returns to Coopers Stadium in a highly-anticipated clash.

Adelaide United. Melbourne Victory. One of the most intense rivalries on the Australian football calendar is back with the Reds desperate for three points.

Carl Veart’s side are winless in its past three games and need to win to maintain its standing in the top-four with teams behind them closing the gap.

Adelaide suffered a 3-0 loss to Central Coast Mariners last weekend following an early red card, while Melbourne Victory were denied a triumph after conceding a late penalty.

Victory are undefeated in its previous six league games, but have recorded four consecutive 1-1 draws.

It promises to be a cracking contest in what will be Isaías’ 200th game for the Club as well as Assistant Coach Ross Aloisi’s final game in the dugout before departing for Japan.

Team news

Michael Jakobsen remains on the sidelines with a groin injury, but Carl Veart suggested he may be back next week. Jacob Tratt also misses the clash with a hamstring issue.

What the experts say

Bruce Djite: The Reds have gone three games without tasting victory, whilst Melbourne Victory hasn’t managed a win in four. With both teams vying for a top four spot, this is a crucial encounter that would see Melbourne leapfrog Adelaide into third with a win, whilst Adelaide could remain in the hunt for the top two if they can take all three points.

Simon Hill: The Reds have fallen into a bit of a hole in the last couple of weeks, but injuries and Covid haven’t helped. Victory are equally in need after a run of four consecutive draws. With just three points separating them on the ladder, this is a vital game for both.

One to watch

Bruce Djite: Craig Goodwin, what a perfect occasion to become the Club’s all time leading scorer.

Simon Hill: Craig Goodwin is always the key player for the Reds when he is fit and in form. His set pieces and all-round creativity could be the difference.

Craig Goodwin

Key battle

Bruce Djite: The key battle will be in the midfield to gain control of the game. Isaias and Juande vs Brillante and Brimmer.

Simon Hill: Craig Goodwin versus Jason Geria or Jason Davidson, depending upon which flank he starts. Three Socceroos who are all having good seasons – this 1v1 is shaping as THE key match-up.

One change you’d like to see

Simon Hill: I think Carl Veart has enough enforced changes without me adding to his cluttered thoughts! The central defensive pairing has changed too frequently this season for one reason or another – I’m sure that’s one area that is occupying his mind, if Jakobsen/Tratt/Popovic are available for selection again.

Head-to-head

Played: 57
Wins: 19
Draws: 11
Losses: 27

Last five meetings

1-1 draw (A)
1-2 loss (H)
0-1 win (A)
1-3 win (A)
1-0 win (H)

Prediction

Bruce Djite: 2-1 Adelaide to snatch the win with a typical late surge!

Simon Hill: They finished all-square last time they met in Melbourne, and I can’t split them again, particularly given Victory’s recent record of draws. 1-1 again for me.

Match details:
Saturday, 2 April vs Melbourne Victory
Isuzu UTE A-League 2021/22
Kick-off 7.15pm ACDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Stream: Paramount+