A lot of talk in the A-League is about the early-season form of both Brisbane and the Newcastle Jets. One talking point that is starting to become a serious issue is Adelaide United's form. The Reds are dead last after the opening month; they've scored just two goals in four outings (both of them own goals) and new coach Guillermo Amor is being criticised and doesn't seem to be matching the lofty standards fellow Spaniard Josep Gombau set. Long story short, it's not looking good for Adelaide at this moment.
Melbourne City on the other hand are back into their routine inconsistency. As a Novocastrian, I was delighted to see the Jets pull off a shock comeback win last week but honestly, a team like Melbourne City shouldn't be giving away two goal leads. John van't Schip's men can score goals but their defending leaves a bit to be desired. Both teams would love a crucial win in tonight's game.
van't Schip has told media that striker Harry Novillo and defensive recruit Aaron Hughes will both be available. Hughes, 35, is a former English Premier League player and will bring a bucketload of experience to the City backline and Novillo is an excitement machine that could add something extra to what is already a potent attacking lineup.
Being at Hindmarsh Stadium, one could feel this game is slightly more important for Adelaide United. Under Gombau, the Reds turned their ground into a fortress but a lack of form, added with costly changes to ticket prices have both combined to see crowd numbers and indeed excitement drop in the South Australian capital. There's frustration growing amongst fans of both teams and whichever coach loses tonight will have to deal with more criticism; it's part and parcel of the job.
As mentioned above, Adelaide need to turn Hindmarsh into a fortress and they need to start scoring some goals before their season begins to slip away. It's a long season and there's ample time to turn things around. Tonight could very well be the catalyst for change at Adelaide.
Newysports Panel Tips:
Ty Stedman: Adelaide 2-1
Alex Evans: Draw 1-1
Keegan Pulik: City 2-0