Saturday’s A-League 2017 Round 14 match is between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:45 local time with the game to be played at Coopers Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory.
Historically, one of the great rivalries in the A-League which has provided many great moments with the highlight being that incredible 6-0 win to the Victory in the 2007 Grand Final where Archie Thompson scored five goals.
The Reds were humiliated on that day and they’re now enduring a humiliating season but they managed to salvage a draw against the Phoenix on New Year’s Day in which they can draw some positives.
Despite conceding 13 chances to the Phoenix, eight of which were on target, they still kept a clean sheet and earned a valuable point.
Tactically, Adelaide need to limit supply to Victory’s front men who are in devastating form, scoring 11 goals in their last four games.
Besart Berisha has become the A-League’s greatest ever goal scorer. He’s not only deadly in front of goal but he works extremely hard for the team and he’s a winner.
Together with Marco Rojas, Victory have one of the most potent strike forces in the league.
KEY BATTLE: Sergio Cirio v Marco Rojas
Rojas is on fire and proving to be a headache for opposition defences.
Cirio has the quality to get Adelaide out of their slump but will find it tough against a strong Victory defence.
Adelaide at $3.55
Draw at $3.70
Melbourne Victory at $2.05
Tip: Adelaide United at $3.55
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: S Guardiola at $8.00
Correct Score: Adelaide United 1-0 at $11.00
Adelaide United Squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.HENRIQUE, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergi GUARDIOLA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ryan KITTO, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 25.James HOLLAND.
Melbourne Victory Squad: 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Max BEISTER, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk).
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Ex-AFL coach Hird suffers overdose: report
Former Essendon AFL coach James Hird has reportedly been taken to hospital after suffering an overdose.
According to the Seven Network, an ambulance was called to Hird’s Toorak home on Wednesday night for an “intentional poisoning overdose”.
Hird was reportedly taken to Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, in Melbourne’s south, but left the hospital on Thursday and continued to receive care elsewhere.
Neither Cabrini Hospital nor Ambulance Victoria would confirm the report or provide further comment due to patient confidentiality issues.
Hird resigned as Essendon coach in August 2015 with his reputation irreparably damaged by the club’s supplements saga.
The 43-year-old’s tenure as coach was thrown into turmoil associated with the 2012 supplements program and subsequent ASADA investigation, which led to 34 past and present Bombers being banned for the 2016 season.
Hird described the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to ban the players as a “miscarriage of justice”.
He later apologised to the players and their families for breaking his promise to create a safe environment for Essendon, while claiming his own trust had been broken by others at the club.
Hird was left facing legal bills of almost $700,000 in May when the Victorian Supreme Court dismissed his bid to have Essendon’s insurer pay for court action he took to protect his reputation.
Before the supplements saga, Hird had been one of Windy Hill’s most-treasured sons, playing 253 games for Essendon and winning the Brownlow Medal in 1996.