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  • 7 December 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
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A-League preview: Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

A-League preview: Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

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The old rivals meet again in Marcos Flores' first trip back to Hindmarsh since joining Victory, but there is more at stake than personal pride on Friday

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
ADELAIDE UNITED

Izzo
Watson, Fyfe, Boogaard, Cassio
Carrusca, Malik, Vidosic
Kostopoulos, Djite, Ferreira

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Coe
Ferreira, Franjic, Leijer, Gallagher
Bru, Finkler, Celeski
Rojas, Flores, Nabbout

Friday's fixture pits second against third as rivals Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory square off at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Adelaide have been consistent from Week 1, winning six of their opening nine games in the A-League.

The Reds did lose their first game in five weeks over the on Sunday, falling 2-1 in the top-of-the-table clash with Central Coast Mariners.

Despite that result, John Kosmina and his troops show no signs of letting up after an extended pre-season that saw them take part in the AFC Champions League.

The Victory juggernaut, meanwhile, continues to gain both momentum and admirers.

After starting the season with three defeats from four games, Victory have clicked under coach Ange Postecoglou, accounting for all but the Mariners, who earned a draw at Etihad Stadium in Week 7.

Since losing 2-1 at Newcastle Jets, the dual A-League champions have picked up 13 points from a possible 15 to move into third and four points adrift of leaders Central Coast.

The big selections question is; will midfield maestro Dario Vidosic play? The former Nuremberg man has played a starring role this season, helping Adelaide's rise up the table with five goals in seven appearances.

But injury forced him to withdraw from Australia's East Asian Cup qualifying campaign, and he also had to miss the trip to Bluetongue Stadium last Sunday.

Vidosic, however, has trained strongly this week and appears set for a swift return, which will come as welcome news for Kosmina.  Argentine Marcelo Carrusca is also likely to make the XI after his own return from injury, with Fabian Barbiero and Zenon Caravella destined to make way.

Missing for the Reds will be goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who is with the Socceroos, meaning Paul Izzo, 17, is likely to get another chance between the posts.

Victory, meanwhile, are missing key men Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan through international duty, while Adama Traore will also be absent through injury.

They coped well with the absence of the Socceroos duo in the win over Perth last Friday, with Sam Gallagher - available again after his red card on debut - perhaps leading the way to replace Traore at left-back.

Former Red Spase Dilevski is also back in the squad after his return from injury.

Adelaide have been arguably the best team in the league in terms of consistency and defence with only seven goals conceded, but they will be up against a Victory side at the top of their game.

All eyes at Hindmarsh will be on Victory marquee Marcos Flores, with the former Red returning to Adelaide for the first time since returning to the A-League during the off-season.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Adelaide United

Melbourne Victory

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Adelaide United FC ADE
Adelaide United FC Adelaide United
Draw
Melbourne Victory FC VIC
Melbourne Victory FC Melbourne Victory
62%
21%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

Adelaide United FC ADE
2 - 0
Melbourne Victory FC VIC
Adelaide United FC ADE
2 - 1
Melbourne Victory FC VIC
Adelaide United FC ADE
3 - 2
Melbourne Victory FC VIC

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