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  • 3 April 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Steelyard Stadium, Pohang
  • Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi
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ACL preview: Pohang Steelers v Adelaide United

ACL preview: Pohang Steelers v Adelaide United

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The Reds are well rested and boast plenty of success against their K-League opponents, but the Steelers will be a tough prospect at home

With just their AFC Champions League campaign to concentrate on now, a rested Adelaide United will take confidence into their trip to meet K-League club Pohang Steelers on Tuesday.

United lead Group E after two wins from as many matches, and also possess a healthy record against the Steelers in both the 2008 and 2010 continental campaigns.

After winning both clashes in the 2008 campaign on the way to the final, the Reds had similar success two years later, winning the first match in Adelaide 1-0 before a hard-fought 0-0 draw in the return leg.

Pohang have had a mixed start to their season, both domestically and in the ACL. While there was plenty of optimism after their shock 3-0 win away to Gamba Osaka on Matchday 1, the Steelers were brought back down to earth when beaten at home by Bunyodkor 2-0 on March 20.

Their domestic form has been fairly solid and they have won their past two league matches, including a 1-0 win over Chunnam on Friday.

Adelaide have enjoyed a good break since their last match, which was a 1-1 draw with the Melbourne Heart on March 23, in the final week of the A-League season.

It was a forgettable domestic season for the Reds, but their ACL form has been brilliant.

There are few injury concerns for either side, with only Spase Dilevski [groin] troubling the Reds. 

Defender Iain Fyfe is also in line for a spot in the squad after coming off the bench in the second half of the draw with Melbourne Heart.  United coach John Kosmina will not be on the sidelines, however, with Luc Trani again in charge.

Kosmina is instead completing his 'A' coaching licence in Canberrra.

Derek Asamoah looms as Pohang's danger man, having scored the sealer in the opening match against Gamba.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Pohang Steelers

Adelaide United

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Pohang Steelers FC POH
Pohang Steelers FC Pohang Steelers
Draw
Adelaide United FC ADE
Adelaide United FC Adelaide United
20%
20%
60%

Top 3 Predictions

Pohang Steelers FC POH
0 - 2
Adelaide United FC ADE
Pohang Steelers FC POH
1 - 1
Adelaide United FC ADE
Pohang Steelers FC POH
0 - 3
Adelaide United FC ADE

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