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

Boogaard, McKain, Mullen, Cassio
Malik, Caravella, Barbiero, Vidosic,
Djite, Ramsey

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.

  • 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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