Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United have thrown themselves back into the race for Finals Series contention after cruising past a toothless Perth Glory outfit on the road 3-1. This week, they return home to Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia to face Tony Walmsley‘s Central Coast Mariners, who coasted to a 3-0 halftime lead, only to be consigned to a 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory in Geelong, Victoria.
The Mariners will have to make do without attacker Nick Fitzgerald, who has parted way with the club by mutual consent.
“I have really enjoyed my time playing at the Mariners and experienced some great memories that includes winning the Championship in 2013,” Fitzgerald said. “I would like to thank the Mariners for the opportunity they have given me and most of all the amazing fans who have supported the club and myself from day one. I also want to wish the boys all the best for the rest of the season.”
“I have fond memories of working with Nick over a number of years and we are disappointed Fitzy won’t be extending his time with the Mariners,” Walmsley said. “He has chosen to end his time here and after much consideration we feel it’s in everyone’s best interest to part company. Fitzy is a great lad and whoever signs him is getting a hard working, versatile player.”
As for Adelaide, it’s all a matter of “As You Were,” according to Amor.
“Results help to build confidence and the last (six) games we have been getting the results,” Amor said. “I keep saying that even at the beginning (of the season) when the team was not winning and getting the results, we were happy with the team performance and the team was playing well.
“I’m happy with the performance after (Saturday’s) game and also the previous games. The win is reflective of the work that we’ve been doing during the week.
“It is always good to get points away, but for us we always say we play away the same as we play at home, so it’s no difference. We try to get points and play the same home and away.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Friday)/1 a.m. ET (Saturday). Here are some Bold Predictions for this weekend’s contest between Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners.
- Eugene Galekovic will make under four saves.
- Tom Heward-Belle will make at least four saves.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
- No goals will be scored in stoppage time.
- Marcelo Carrusca will score a brace for Adelaide United.
- Craig Goodwin will score for Adelaide United.
- Sergio Cirio will score for Adelaide United.
- Mitch Austin will score for Central Coast Mariners.
- Harry Ascroft will score for Central Coast Mariners.
- Josh Bingham will fail to score for Central Coast Mariners.
In a high-scoring shooutout that will get Coopers Stadium rocking and rolling, it will be the Reds from Adelaide United that will light up their hometown.
Adelaide United 3, Central Coast Mariners 2