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AFC Champions League

  • 29 May 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
  • Referee: A. Bin Abdul Bashir
  • • Attendance: 9758
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ACL preview: Adelaide United v Nagoya Grampus

ACL preview: Adelaide United v Nagoya Grampus

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Group E winners Adelaide are hopeful that their form remains intact in front of a home crowd, while visiting Grampus need to get back on track after several rough league outings

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
ADELAIDE UNITED

Galekovic
Boogaard, McKain, Mullen, Cassio
Malik, Caravella, Barbiero, Vidosic,
Djite, Ramsey
NAGOYA GRAMPUS

Narazaki
Tanaka, Tulio, Masukawa, Abe
Ogawa, Taguchi, Fujimoto
Kanazaki, Nagai, Tamada

Adelaide United manager John Kosmina is unlikely to change his usual 4-4-2 formation, confident that the the side that went unbeaten in the last three matches to qualify for the Round of 16 will be up for the task.

Defender John McKain has recovered from a recent Achilles injury and is expected to start as United continue in their quest for their second-ever Asian Champions League finals, having made the final in 2008.

Adelaide are the lone A-League club remaining in the competition, with both the Central Coast Mariners and the Brisbane Roar having been eliminated at the group stage.

While Adelaide's domestic campaign is well over, visitors Nagoya Grampus are struggling, with just one win in their last six league matches.

Coach Dragan Stojkovic was upset with the team's attacking display following their 1-0 J-League loss to Cerezo Osaka on Friday, and have now only scored one goal in their last three games.

Sitting 13th in the J-League table, Nagoya are struggling in a similar fashion to 2009, when they reached the ACL semi-finals but could finish no better than ninth domestically.

Towering striker Joshua Kennedy is expected to play some part in the match for Nagoya.  He has been battling consistent back problems, but withdrew from contention for Australia's friendly with Denmark on Saturday to be available for his side's sudden-death match against United.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Adelaide United conceded just two goals in the group stage, the lowest of all 32 teams participating in the tournament.
  • Hindmarsh Stadium has hosted 18 previous ACL matches, with Adelaide winning 11 of them.

  • Adelaide have won and lost four in equal measure against Japanese clubs.
  • Nagoya Grampus were one of six clubs to finish the group stage unbeaten.
  • They also reached the round of 16 last year, losing to Suwon Bluewings away.
  • The 2009 J-League champions went undefeated against Central Coast Mariners in group play, drawing 1-1 away and winning 3-0 at home.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Adelaide United

Nagoya Grampus

Wins
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Wins

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Reader's Predictions

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Draw
Nagoya Grampus GRA
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51%

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1 - 2
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2 - 0
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Adelaide United FC ADE
1 - 0
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