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Adelaide United - Nagoya Grampus Preview: Hosts represent last hope for A-League in Hindmarsh encounter
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
By Dan Orlowitz
Boogaard, McKain, Mullen, Cassio
Malik, Caravella, Barbiero, Vidosic,
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 first Asian Champions League finals berth since 2008.
Visiting Nagoya Grampus are struggling, however, 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 loss over the weekend against Cerezo Osaka, and have now only scored one goal in their last three games. Currently 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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Adelaide United conceded just two goals in the group stage, the lowest of all 32 teams participating in the tournament.
- The 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 2010 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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Top 3 Predictions
Adelaide United 1-2 Nagoya Grampus
- 20.33 %
Adelaide United 1-0 Nagoya Grampus
- 12.2 %
Adelaide United 2-0 Nagoya Grampus
- 12.2 %
|Asian Champions League (ACL)||May 29, 2012||Adelaide United 1 - Nagoya Grampus 0|
|Apr 7, 2013||Adelaide United 1 - Brisbane Roar 2||AUS1|
|Mar 30, 2013||Perth Glory 1 - Adelaide United 1||AUS1|
|Mar 24, 2013||Adelaide United 0 - Central Coast Mariners 2||AUS1|
|Mar 15, 2013||Adelaide United 1 - Newcastle Jets 1||AUS1|
|Mar 11, 2013||Melbourne Heart 0 - Adelaide United 2||AUS1|
|Returns:||Adelaide United £26.30||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Returns:||Draw £58.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Nagoya Grampus £340.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|6||José de Abreu Oliveira||Defender|
|11||Bruce Jose Djite||Striker|
|10||Sergio van Dijk||Striker|
|4||Marcus Tulio Tanaka||Defender|
|16||Joshua Blake Kennedy||Striker|
|Sergio van Dijk|
In a game that could very well come down to the strength of substitutes, van Dijk may be be asked to repeat his game-winning goal against Gamba Osaka two weeks ago.
|Marcus Tulio Tanaka|
Tulio isn't only a superb defender with many years in the tank despite his age, but in a pinch he's more than capable of going up the field as an additional attacker in the waning minutes of the match.
Grampus' defence is usually sound but their recent poor form combined with the need to travel to Australia equal a tough outing for the visitors. Even if Adelaide are only able to score one goal, that's all they'll need unless Grampus find the spark they've been missing.
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