Thursday’s A-League 2017 Round 15 match is between Adelaide United and Melbourne City. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:50 local time with the game to be played at Coopers Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Adelaide United and Melbourne City.
Adelaide’s season went from bad to worse this week with Reds fans’ openly critical of the club’s lack of investment in the playing squad.
Fans voiced their concerns following the team’s 2-0 loss to Victory on Saturday which prompted the club to release a statement in reply trying to explain their transfer policy.
The fans have every right to voice their opinion as long as it’s done in a respectful manner and I don’t think the club’s reply eased their concerns.
If Adelaide are to turn their season around they really need to do some good business during the transfer window but even then, it may be too late.
They have Asian Champions League to worry about as well and that may become their focus for the remainder of the season.
Speculation continues over the vacant City coaching job currently occupied by interim coach Michael Valkanis.
Valkanis held the same position at the Reds when John Kosmina stepped down so he’ll be eager to add another win to the victory he picked up over the Wanderers last week.
There have been plenty of names thrown around to take over including Merrick, Kewell, Popovic, Milicic and Lampard but I don’t think the club will rush to make a decision.
Ante Milicic was a former assistant coach at Heart and is now assistant to Ange with the national team so he would be an ideal candidate.
KEY BATTLE: Eugene Galekovic v Bruno Fornaroli
Galekovic (pictured above) has loads of experience and will need every bit of it to help his team out of the mess they’re in.
Fornaroli will look to kill off the wounded Reds and I can see him grabbing a goal or two.
City have too much quality and the Reds have too many problems both on and off the park at the moment so City should win this one.
Adelaide United at $3.15
Draw at $3.50
Melbourne City at $2.20
Tip: Melbourne City at $2.20
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: N Colazo at at $9.00
Correct Score: Melbourne City 2-0 at $12.00
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.HENRIQUE, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergi GUARDIOLA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 22.Ryan KITTO, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 25.James HOLLAND.
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Osama MALIK, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI (c), 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Fernando BRANDAN.
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Clarity brings Isner to tennis summit
John Isner has put his positive late-2016 form down to a clear mind, and says he’s ready to deliver more of the same.
Isner, 31, finished the 2016 ATP campaign ranked 19th in the world after a run to the final of the World Tour Masters in Paris, where he was defeated by Andy Murray.
He told reporters on Saturday that the tournament in Paris, which followed a quarter-final exit in Vienna, was without doubt his best tennis of the year.
A good off-season now puts him in position to repeat the trick in the City of Sails, before he begins his bid to upset some of tennis’ all-time greats at the Australian Open
“That tournament in Paris shined a light on the right way to play and right way to go about my business,” Isner said.
“I was just going for my shots more and wasn’t thinking as much, certainly more confident once I won two, three matches.”
Handed a bye for the first round in Auckland, second seed Isner will face either Diego Schwartzman or Malek Jaziri for a spot in the quarter-finals.
He felt bullish about his chances for the tournament, having played in Auckland five times previously and won the event in 2010 and 2014.
“It’s a fantastic field, it always is, players are trying to gain some form going into the Australian Open and this is one of the best tournaments to do that,” Isner said.
“I’ve been here quite a few times before and for me, it’s great preparation.”