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AFC Champions League

  • 20 March 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
  • Referee: Mohamed Abdelkarim Mohamed Ismail Al Zarouni
  • • Attendance: 5112

ACL preview: Adelaide United v Gamba Osaka

ACL preview: Adelaide United v Gamba Osaka


It has been a while, but the two clubs renew hostilities in 2012 - though it is the J.League outfit who hold sway in their rivalry

Adelaide United and Gamba Osaka need little introduction to each other, but it is the J.League club that holds the better memories after trouncing the former in the 2008 AFC Champions League final.

Gamba won 5-0 on aggregate over what was then a two-legged final, and United will want to put that memory to rest on Tuesday at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Not that they go into the match in any great form.  The Reds have picked up just one point in four A-League games, though they started their ACL group stage with a superb 2-1 win over Bunyodkor in Tashkent.

They can at least take comfort in some similar form from Gamba, who have lost all three matches this campaign, including a 2-1 derby loss to Cerezo Osaka on Sunday.

Having lost 3-0 at home to Pohang Steelers in their ACL opener, Gamba desperately need a win.

In better news for both clubs, they are virtually injury free ahead of Tuesday's match, with Sergio van Dijk a chance to return to United's starting XI.

Despite their poor form, however, Gamba will still pose a tough task for the Reds.

They are led by classy midfielder Yasuhito Endo - a player who needs little introducing to Reds' fans, having played a large part in Gamba's 2008 continental title.

Gamba have never lost to an Australian team, while United have - traditionally - struggled with Japanese opposition.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Adelaide United

Gamba Osaka


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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Gamba Osaka GAM
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Gamba Osaka GAM
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