After feeling the chilling hand of Football Federation Australia, Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory will look to rebound from an embarrassing weekend in the national eye when they face Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Adelaide already took part in the AFC Champions League but were eliminated in the playoff round by Shandong Luneng, so this is effectively a tuneup match for the Victory this Friday night (or early Friday morning in America).
“Normally when you score more goals than the opposition you do win,” Muscat told MelbourneVictory.com.au’s Matt Dorman. “I understand in that particular incident it’s difficult (because) the ball is moving at great speeds. But they’re the ones that alter the result of the game, so more importantly they’re the ones we have to get right, and unfortunately it didn’t occur tonight.”
“I think there was a different approach to the game and a different mindset. I thought the intensity and the pressure put on the ball carrier was immense tonight and it reverted them to playing a lot of direct balls up to their top two, who are dangerous. The majority of times we picked those balls up. All in all, I was very, very pleased with the performance. It’s just shattering we didn’t come away with all three points.”
“We are very happy about this win, as we needed those three points,” said Adelaide’s Isaias to Cassandra Treppiedi of AdelaideUnited.com.au. “At the moment we have this momentum that we cannot stop. I am not used to scoring too many goals, so I am very happy with that, but most importantly it helped the team to get the three points and this is what matters.”
“It will be a very tough game for us, we know how good they can play on their home ground but we also know what we have to do in this case. It is a massive game for the Club and we must try and take something good from it.
“We are in third position now, but we have to keep going, game by game and then look at the ladder after. We had started this season slowly because we needed to adjust, but now that we are achieving what (Amor) wants us to do, we are now doing very well and we are confident that it can continue.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. PT/3:40 a.m. ET/7:40 p.m. AEDT. The Live Blog is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- A player will be sent off.
- Eugene Galekovic will make at least four saves.
- Danny Vukovic will make at least three saves.
- Isaias will score for Adelaide United.
- Marcelo Carrusca will score for Adelaide United.
- Bruce Djite will score for Adelaide United.
- Fahid Ben Khalfallah will score for Melbourne Victory.
- Gui Finkler will score for Melbourne Victory.
Here is the set of predicted scorelines for Round 20 of the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League.
Melbourne Victory 3, Adelaide United 2
Wellington Phoenix 4, Newcastle Jets 1
Western Sydney Wanderers 2, Sydney FC 1
Brisbane Roar 3, Perth Glory 2
Melbourne City 2, Central Coast Mariners 0