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Perth V Adelaide
NIB STADIUM, EAST PERTH, WA, 22 DECEMBER 2013
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Perth Glory begin the post-Edwards era tonight when they host Adelaide United. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.00pm AEDT.
The last two weeks have challenged both clubs; Adelaide came out of its nightmare with its dignity intact after a 4-0 thrashing of the premiers, Perth, however, epitomise why football clubs should be run by football people.
What happened in Perth was beyond comical. Alastair Edwards is an adept coach and, similar to Josep Gomabu, was making an imprint on a club that had been mediocre for too long.
He blooded youth, which upset the old guard – Jacob Burns and Steven McGarry no less. No disrespect to either of them, but they would struggle to find another A-League club.
Edwards shouldn’t have been sacked. However, focusing on the team, last week they were outplayed by Melbourne Victory and now they must turn it around against one of the in-form teams of the competition.
They’ve lost their coach and because of the people who instigated Edwards’ sacking, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Burns and McGarry start.
Adelaide and Gombau are going to have a feast on this slow-paced pair, and I can’t see Adelaide not attacking relentlessly until they break for a compulsory drinks break.
David Davutovic wrote in the Herald Sun that Edwards’ sacking puts the club’s youth policy at risk, which certainly seems the case. It will be interesting to see who Kenny Lowe picks for the game, the best XI or the most vocal XI?
Perth played fairly negative football last week and they can’t go in with the same mentality against Adelaide.
Adelaide may have just reached that stage in their Barcelona development where they’ve worked out it’s ok to shoot after 400 passes.
It will be hot in Perth, and Glory will looking to prove a point, but they’ll be instantly outclassed, get angry and before halftime have their entire midfield sitting on yellow cards.
Adelaide however need to be that archetypal eagle and just feast on the mess that is strewn across NIB stadium.
Sergio Cirio and Jeronimo Neumann are in hot form and come up against a tactical mess that is Perth, I don’t think Lowe will be able to change too much without severely risking a thrashing.
Perth Glory will need to be very astute throughout the game and in hot weather, with a severely divided and disrupted dressing room, can they keep it together for 90 minutes?
I don’t think so.
Perth 1-3 Adelaide. Burns to be replaced by Ryan Edwards on 60 minutes, who will peg one back for the home side.