A-League preview: Melbourne Heart v Adelaide United
Melbourne Heart will still be bitter about returning from Sydney empty handed, and they face an Adelaide United side with a sound record against them in their own backyard
Walker, Gerhardt, Colosimo, BehichFred, Garcia, Thompson
Germano, Tadic, Kalmar
Bowles, Fyfe, Golec, Cassio
Vidosic, Watson, BarbieroKostopoulos, Neumann, Ramsay
Melbourne Heart were denied a third-successive win in sensational fashion by Sydney FC last Sunday, and the bitter defeat could sting them later in the season.
A win would have lifted John Aloisi's side into the top six for the first time since October, but instead goals from Sydney FC cpatain Brett Emerton and Rhyan Grant stole the three points from Heart's grasp.
The win was hardly deserved for the Sky Blues, and but for an Alessandro Del Piero slice of quality with the delivery to Grant, Heart would have left Allianz Stadium with a point.
Aloisi will take heart that his side dominated possession and controlled the play. Captain Fred was particularly instrumental and played a hand in Richard Garcia's goal.
If they can bring that quality back to Melbourne, where they have performed well of late, than even in-form Adelaide will find a win hard to come by.
The Heart need to keep winning at home if they want to play finals in 2013. Back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Brisbane at AAMI Park revived Heart's season but their dismal away form continues to be a major cause for concern.
David Williams has returned from suspension for the hosts, and is the most likely of seven inclusions to the squad to make a start. National Youth League team product Jeremy Walker should continue at right-back as Michael Marrone investigates a move to China.
The Reds have won four of the seven clashes between the sides - including two draws - and came out on top in November.
Adelaide nearly let a three-goal lead slip in a 3-2 win over Perth Glory at Hindmarsh Stadium, but denied the Glory despite the visitors scoring two goals in the last minute.Striker Sergio Van Dijk has been released by the club and is looking at a move to Indonesia, while a groin injury to Bruce Djite will keep him out.
Djite came off early on against Perth and was replaced by Jeronimo Neumann, who went on to score a brace.
And with the 25-year-old set to miss weeks, Kosmina may be forced to consider a change of approach.
Defender Nigel Boogaard and attackers Marcelo Carrusca and Fabio Ferreira are also sidelined with injury, with Jon McKain, Zenon Caravella and Jake Barker-Daish back in the squad.
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Melbourne Heart 1-3 Adelaide United
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Melbourne Heart 1-2 Adelaide United
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Melbourne Heart 0-8 Adelaide United
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|Australia - A-League (AUS1)||01/12/2013||Melbourne Heart 3 - Adelaide United 3|
|Australia - A-League (AUS1)||11/03/2013||Melbourne Heart 0 - Adelaide United 2|
|Australia - A-League (AUS1)||18/01/2013||Melbourne Heart 2 - Adelaide United 0|
|Australia - A-League (AUS1)||17/11/2012||Adelaide United 1 - Melbourne Heart 0|
|Australia - A-League (AUS1)||23/03/2012||Adelaide United 1 - Melbourne Heart 1|
|07/12/2013||Western Sydney Wanderers 1 - Melbourne Heart 1||AUS1|
|01/12/2013||Melbourne Heart 3 - Adelaide United 3||AUS1|
|24/11/2013||Newcastle Jets 3 - Melbourne Heart 1||AUS1|
|15/11/2013||Melbourne Heart 0 - Sydney FC 2||AUS1|
|08/11/2013||Melbourne Heart 0 - Western Sydney Wanderers 1||AUS1|
|6||Patrick Nyema Gerhardt||Defender|
|6||José de Abreu Oliveira||Defender|