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Catch all the action from the Friday night game in the A-League every week LIVE thanks to Football Federation Australia. Here's five things to look out for in the big clash

Can the Roar keep winning?

Six wins from eight matches, and a three-point lead atop the A-League. The Roar are flying. Easily the most consistent and best team so far this season, though it is early days. Mike Mulvey's team have quality, depth and a deadly striker in Besart Berisha whose winner got his side home against Perth last weekend.  

Will Adelaide keep faith with a high defensive line?

The Reds continue to dice with death as they set their stall out high up the field, inviting those with pacy forwards to turn off their shoulder and go. They've conceded six goals in their past two matches - in part because of this. Adelaide's defence also appears anything but convincing in their ability to play the ball out from the back as coach Josep Gombau demands of his team, and are often caught ball-watching in their desperation to try and win the ball back when the opposition has it.


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Is the Roar's midfield/forward structure the A-League's best?

Mulvey's decision to move Ivan Franjic further up the field has proved a masterstroke. With Franjic, Berisha and Thomas Broich the attacking weapons, midfielders Matt McKay and Luke Brattan are supplying silver service and the team is striking gold. Brattan has particularly been revelatory this season with his passing. Bet on Berisha again hitting double-figures in goalscoring for the season, and they also have the exciting Kwame Yeboah warming the pine. All this, and yet to return is ex-Manchester United and Celtic man Liam Miller.

Adelaide - the fadeout kings

The Reds have so often dominated possession for the first half or 50-55 minutes of games, then tired very badly. The physical exertion needed to play Gombau's style of game is clearly telling on the Reds' current players. Should the same keep happening - and certainly the Roar have no problems seeing out 90 minutes at top-speed - the Reds may have no option but to get aggressive in next month's transfer window and find players who can do what the coach wants. Especially in defence.

With Graham Arnold and Ange Postecoglou gone from the A-League, is Mike Mulvey their heir apparent?

OK, Mulvey is English-born. But he has played and coached most of his career in Australia. Should he be considered in the same breath as Tony Popovic among the new vanguard of home-grown coaches? Remember Mulvey also did a great job in trying circumstances in Gold Coast United's dying days with a team of kids. He played several seasons at NSL level, served a fine coaching apprenticeship in women's football and with Queensland juniors, and has had little trouble adapting to the men's top-flight. He guided the Roar to the finals last season despite taking over mid-campaign, and is a coach who can make things happen on-field with his tactical shifts.

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