Guillermo Amor’s Adelaide United are currently sixth in the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League ladder, but this Friday at Coopers’ Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia, they have an excellent chance to leapfrog a few teams. One of those teams is Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC, who were smoked by Brisbane Roar 3-1 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. As for the Reds, a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets at home gives them reason to believe that they can make a push for better placement in the ladder.
“When the game is difficult, hard, strong, either here at home or away, it is important to win,” Amor said of Sunday’s performance against Newcastle. “This game was 50/50 and it was possible to lose or win but to win was very good.
“Every game in the this competition is very difficult. Anything can happen in this league. But we are very positive even when things are bad because the players are working hard, and for that I am very happy.”
Sydney will have to deal without the services of Alex Gersbach, who has been transferred to Rosenborg BK of the Norwegian Tippeligaen.
Alex is very ambitious young man and I would like to thank him for his service to Sydney FC,” said Arnold. “It is always pleasing to be able to bring through a young player, develop him and see him get a chance in Europe.
“We would have loved to have kept him for another year but it’s a great opportunity for him and I wish him the very best for the future.”
“I’d like to thank everyone at Sydney FC for the opportunity I have had to develop my career and for the experiences I’ve had playing Hyundai A-League football,” said Gersbach. “The chances I’ve been given at Sydney FC have undoubtedly helped me improve as a player and presented me with this wonderful opportunity which lies ahead. I am very grateful for that.
“I’ve had a great two years with an exceptional group of players and coaching and medical staff, and it has been an honour to represent this club and its fantastic supporters. I am hugely excited about the next stage in my career and i wish the club every success in the future. I will always be a Sydney FC supporter at heart.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. PT/3:40 a.m. ET/7:10 p.m. ACST. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Adelaide United and Sydney FC.
- Vedran Janjetovic will make at least four saves.
- Eugene Galekovic will make under four saves.
- Filip Holosko will score for Sydney FC.
- Alex Brosque will score for Sydney FC.
- Marcelo Carrusca will score for Adelaide United.
- Craig Goodwin will score for Adelaide United.
- Pablo Sanchez will score for Adelaide United.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least three cards will be issued.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
In an exciting encounter in the City of Churches, Adelaide United’s road to redemption will continue with yet another huge scalp, this time against the Sky Blues of Sydney FC. The production will be needed, as Perth Glory are looking to give chase amongst the teams on the outside looking in.
Adelaide United 3, Sydney FC 2