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Adelaide United are set to host Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium in Round 2 of their A-League campaign. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6:05pm (AEDT).
Adelaide United put up a solid showing against Western United last weekend, drawing 0-0 despite arguably creating the better of the chances. With Riley McGree gone, Stefan Mauk has moved into his position, arriving late in the box to get on the end of cutbacks.
Adelaide has unearthed another gem in the form of Yaya Dukuly, and social media went wild after the 17-year-old started in his debut A-League game.
He is a left-footed tricky winger who progresses the ball well with mazy runs. He mostly played on the right but throughout the game switched with veteran Ben Halloran and looks comfortable on both sides of the field.
Halloran himself was quality, as usual, combining his pace, control and vision to create a chance for himself that was cleared off the line by Aaron Calver last weekend.
Goalkeeper James Delianov also had a good game in his first with the Reds, making fours saves, all from inside the box.
It is unlikely Adelaide will make any changes to their line-up, with Javi Lopez and Al Hassan Toure still out with knee and ankle injuries respectively. Meanwhile, George Timotheou, Ryan Kitto and Yared Abetew all return to the squad from injuries.
On the other hand, Patrick Kisnorbo has to reshuffle his Melbourne City side after their clash with Brisbane Roar.
Adrian Luna is out with suspension after receiving a red card during the match against the Roar, while Andrew Nabbout can’t join the squad following a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him on the sidelines for six to eight weeks. Nathaniel Atkinson also misses out for a second week running with a hamstring problem.
Two youngsters in Raphael Borges Rodrigues and Jordan Bos have been promoted in their place.
With Atkinson out, Ben Garuccio will likely play right back again. Having a left-footer at right back often compromises Melbourne City’s width, so Kisnorbo should be going with a right-footed right winger who can hug the touchline when attacking.
Young winger Naoki Tsubaki, on loan from Yokohama F. Marinos, could come into the starting line-up on the right, while we will likely see Florin Berenguer come into midfield in the place of Luna.
Connor Metcalfe, who adds power, passing and work rate to his side, will start in midfield again after a stellar performance against Brisbane saw him grab the only goal in the match.
I believe Adelaide United will see this game though, with a home stadium advantage and also having a day longer rest. Their youthful team is exciting to watch but was also solid defensively, and if this is a sign of things to come, we could be looking at a Reds side in contention for a finals position.
Adelaide United to win 2-1 with at least one goal from Tomi Juric.
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Kick-off: 6:05pm (AEDT)
Venue: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, MyFootball Live App
Odds: Adelaide $2.70, draw $3.60, Melbourne City $2.30
Last five: Adelaide 3, draw 1, City 1
Overall: Adelaide 14 (41 per cent), draw 9 (26 per cent), City 11 (32 per cent)