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  • 23 March 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
  • Referee: A. Kersey
  • • Attendance: 6411

A-League preview: Adelaide United v Melbourne Heart

A-League preview: Adelaide United v Melbourne Heart


United would like nothing more than to celebrate John Kosmina's permanent deal with a win, but the Heart are after momentum ahead of their maiden finals appearance


Mullen, McKain, Fyfe, Golec
Watson, Usucar, Malik
Vidosic, Van Dijk, Cassio


Marrone, Good, Colosimo, Behich
Germano, Thompson, Srhoj, Fred
Babalj, Dugandzic


Adelaide will be looking to call on their AFC Champions League form to make sure they do not fall into last place on the table in the final week of the A-League regular season.  Another impressive performance, in a 2-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Tuesday, showed signs of what Adelaide could have achieved this domestic campaign.

Adelaide have looked more impressive with the return of John McKain to central defence position after injury. This has added another element to Adelaide's set pieces, with Cameron Watson dropping out of the starting XI and Daniel Mullen moving to right-back. Adelaide's two goals on Tuesday came from set pieces - Mullen scoring both.

Fresh from his permanent appoint, coach John Kosmina's starting XI will be much changed, with Eugene Galekovic, Nigel Boogaard, Zenon Caravella, Bruce Djite, Iain Ramsay rested - all of who started against Gamba.  In their places, teenagers Jacob Melling and Paul Izzo (goalkeeper) could be involved, as could Watson and Ricardo Da Silva.

With stand-in captain Cassio to be moved further afield, Antony Golec could fill the left-back role and has just signed a new two-year deal at the club.

Melbourne Heart will be looking to certify their place in fifth in the 2011-12 finals series, which will be their maiden campaign.

Heart blew the chance for a home final after giving up a two-goal lead at home to Sydney FC last Saturday.

Goals from Mate Dugandzic and Eli Babalj put them 2-0 up, but they let Sydney back in the game through Shannon Cole's double.  Coach John van 't Schip has vowed to play a strong side in Adelaide, meaning his XI is unlikely to me much changed from Week 24.

Melbourne will have to learn from their mistakes if they are going to impact in this season's finals and put teams away when they have the chance. 


  • 2011-12 is all-but certain to feature Melbourne Heart's first finals series.
  • Adelaide have scored the least amount of goals [25] and conceded the most [43].
  • Heart have been in the A-League's top six for the last 16 weeks of the season.
  • Adelaide have not lost to the Heart this season. Adelaide won 3-1 in Melbourne and drew 1-1 at home earlier in the campaign.
  • This is Adelaide's second season in which they will not make A-League finals in their history.




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