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The Reds have opened a new chapter with the appointment of former Barcelona coach Josep Gombau and Al Hain-Cole backs them to maintain their strong record over their rivals

The A-League's Cross Border Rivalry is rekindled for the first time this season on Friday, as Melbourne Victory travel to the Hindmarsh Stadium to face Adelaide United.

Having secured a 3-1 win over Perth Glory in his first game in charge, former Barcelona youth coach Josep Gombau is available at 7/5 (2.40) with Coral to further endear himself to his new fans by overseeing a victory in this grudge match.

The Dark Blues were held to a 0-0 draw by local rivals Melbourne Heart in their opener but are available at 8/5 (2.60) to get off to winning ways in another derby game.

Only two of the last 19 encounters between these sides have resulted in draws but you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

After seeing manager John Kosmina leave the club in acrimonious circumstances halfway through last season, the Reds hierarchy took their time in naming a full-time successor.

Gombau finally arrived this summer after an all-conquering spell in Hong Kong, promising to bring tiki-taka to South Australia, and has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the hot seat.

Having recorded two wins and a draw against A-League opposition in their final three pre-season matches, Gombau's men took that form into their opener with an impressive victory over Perth that saw them outplay their opponents despite being reduced to nine men.

That result sets the hosts up nicely to maintain their dominant recent form over this opposition, having won five of the last eight encounters while suffering only one defeat.

That run includes four consecutive home wins and, considering that Melbourne Victory have won just six and lost 18 of their last 29 league fixtures on the road, odds of 7/5 (2.40) are not to be missed on Adelaide coming out on top once again.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.


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