Picturing a win for the hosts against the in-form Reds appears difficult, with the Sky Blues battling badly for results, confidence and form
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It might still be too early in the season to write their campaign off with another loss, but Sydney FC must start to show some improvements soon.
The Sky Blues are already four points adrift of the top six and another loss or two will give the new coach plenty of work to do to turn things around.
Last Friday's 4-2 loss to Brisbane was the club's third straight defeat and fifth from just seven games.
Sydney FC can take some heart from the fact they were unbeaten against Adelaide last season and they enjoy the better of the head-to-head record.
But the Reds have proved to be a much tougher proposition this season and have game-breakers all over the park.
Sydney FC should be boosted by the return of experienced central-defender Adam Griffiths, while young midfielder Terry Antonis is also fit again and should take the place of the omitted Paul Reid.
But the biggest inclusion could be former Australia midfielder Jason Culina, who looks set for a spot on the bench and could make his first competitive appearance in almost two years.
Adelaide's squad is far more settled and it would be highly unlikely that coach John Kosmina will make any changes to the side that beat Melbourne Heart 1-0 last Saturday.
All is going swimmingly with the Reds, but if there is one area for concern for coach John Kosmina it could be keeping his squad happy.
Strikers Bruce Djite and Sergio van Dijk cannot break into the team at the moment and will not be content to sit on the bench - or out of the squad altogether - for much longer.
The likes of Jon McKain and Zenon Caravella are also set to return soon and will want first-team action.
Daniel Bowles continues to miss for the Reds, with Cameron Watson to continue in his place at right-back.
One side is without a coach, leaking goals at a rate of knots and stranded on the bottom of the ladder while the other is on a four-game unbeaten run and setting the pace at the top of the league.
It should be a formality. But this is the A-League and - with Alessandro Del Piero shining for the Sky Blues - anything is possible.