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Perth Glory vs. Adelaide United: The 2016 nib Stadium Soccaucus

Pablo Sanchez of Adelaide competes with Marc Warren of Perth during the round nine A-League match between Adelaide United and Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. December 06, 2015| Credit: James Elsby

A pillow fight between two lagging sides in the Hyundai A-League awaits the masses at nib Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Kenny Lowe‘s Perth Glory were humbled by Brisbane Roar 2-1 on the road and are ninth in the A-League ladder at 3-3-7 (12 points). Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United are 3-5-5 (14 points) and are outside Finals Series contention in seventh place.

Actually, let’s change pillow fight to “Soccaucus.” Soccer + Caucus (looking at you, State of Iowa) = Soccaucus. Please make note. Adelaide United defender Michael Marrone is hoping that he won’t be guilty of rigging the process inside the box, according to Mr. Ben Williams. Hanging chads send help.

“I thought it was very clear [on the appeal for a penalty],” Marrone told SBS. “I sold the dummy and got past him and he got me quite high and I ended up in the air for a bit and went down. I think anywhere else on the pitch it’s got to be a foul, so I thought it was a pen.

“It was very frustrating, because to get a pen early on it would have completely changed the game. We could have been one-nil up. We defended pretty well tonight and to have a one-nil lead it would have been a big advantage.

“I don’t try to go down easy. I thought he got me decently. I had a quick look at the video in the change-rooms and it hasn’t changed my mind, it just confirmed what happened.

“All you want is consistency. I mean, you see (Melbourne Victory striker) Besart Berisha (against Perth Glory) last week, it was no penalty, well I didn’t think it was a penalty, but it was awarded and this one should be a penalty and it isn’t given.

“It’s a hard job for the referees and they’re going to make mistakes, but it’s just unfortunate for us tonight. We’ve defended well lately and had a few clean sheets, so one goal may have been enough for us to go on and win.”

Because of this, we are calling for an Adelaide United landslide victory. Kickoff in the West is scheduled for Saturday at 2:40 a.m. PT/5:40 a.m. ET/6:40 p.m. AWST. Here are some bold predictions for Perth Glory vs. Adelaide United, our nib Stadium 2016 Soccaucus here on The Stoppage Time.

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  • At least 40 fouls will be issued.
  • A penalty will be called.
  • At least four goals will be scored.
  • Marcelo Carrusca will score for Adelaide United.
  • Diego Castro will score for Perth Glory.
  • Bruce Djite will [finally] score for Adelaide United.
  • Craig Goodwin will score for Adelaide United.
  • Eugene Galekovic will make four saves.
  • Ante Covic will make at least five saves.
  • The stadium will be less than half full.

Adelaide United 3, Perth Glory 1

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