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Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United will be both looking to push for their spot in the finals at AAMI Park on Saturday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog with kick-off at 7:30 pm AEDT.
Melbourne Victory is yet to win an A-League game under interim coach Carlos Salvachua, with three losses and two draws during that period of play. Melbourne Victory has also only scored four goals in their five A-League matches under Salvachua while they have conceded nine.
On the other hand, Adelaide has been in decent form in their last six A-League matches, winning four out of the six. However, their losses to both Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers shows that there are defensive holes to exploit, especially after conceding five goals against the Wanderers last weekend.
The task for Adelaide is made even harder by the fact that Ben Halloran is currently out after suffering a hamstring injury in training. Halloran has four goals in his last three clashes in the A-League and will be a massive loss to the Reds ahead of this fiery clash.
Gertjan Verbeek could go one of two ways when approaching his replacement, he could select Ryan Kitto in a more conventional option, which could see Nikola Mileusnic shift across to his favoured flank, or he could go with the wildcard option that a lot of fans are busting to see.
Mohammed Toure remains in the squad after bursting onto the A-League scene weeks ago at just 15, but his performances may warrant a maiden A-League start. Toure doesn’t provide a like-for-like replacement, but yet again it would allow Mileusnic to shift across to his favoured flank and Toure would be played on the left.
Another option for Adelaide would be to shift Riley McGree across to the right and play James Troisi, who is returning from injury, in the playmaker role most likely alongside George Blackwood.
Ryan Strain, Stefan Mauk, Nathan Konstantopoulos, Pacifique Niyongabire and Al Hassan Toure currently remain on the injury list, while Lachaln Brook is currently away on international duty.
This leaves Adelaide with low squad depth coming into this clash, but can they get the win at AAMI Park?
A 2-1 win to Adelaide United, with Riley McGree netting twice for the reds and Elvis Kamsoba breaking his A-League duck late in the game for Melbourne Victory.
Remember to join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the ball first rolling at 7:30 pm AEDT.
Kick-off: 7:30 pm AEDT
Stadium: AAMI Park, Melbourne
TV: FOX Sports 505, ABC TV
Online: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView
Odds: Melbourne Victory $2.25, Draw $3.75, Adelaide United $3.10
Last five meetings: Melbourne Victory 1, Draw 0, Adelaide United 4
20 Paul Izzo, 22 Michael Jakobsen, 23 Jordan Elsey, 5 Michael Maria, 2 Michael Marrone, 27 Louis D’Arrigo, 8 Riley McGree, 10 James Troisi, 11 Kristian Opseth, 17 Nikola Mileusnic, 14 George Blackwood
31 Mirko Boland, 7 Ryan Kitto, 29 Kusini Yengi, 40 Dakota Ochsenham, 49 Mohamed Toure
20 Lawrence Thomas, 15 Giancarlo Gallifuoco, 4 James Donachie, 21 Adama Traoré, 5 Tim Hoogland, 23 Marcos Rojas, 6 Leigh Broxham, 18 Migjen Basha, 11 Ola Toivonen, 17 Elvis Kamsoba, 9 Andrew Nabbout
2 Storm Roux, 16 Josh Hope, 24 Anthony Lesiotis, 7 Kenjok Athiu, 30 Matthew Sutton, 19 Benjamin Carrigan, 25 Brandon Lauton