March 17, 2015 11:38:22 UK
Saturday’s clash with Melbourne Victory could be the defining game of the season for Adelaide United, as they look to use home advantage to see off their premiership rivals.
The Reds are just a point behind Victory going into the Coopers Stadium meeting, which is one of just two “six-pointers” Josep Gombau’s side have left this season.
That win has now given us a lot of confidence when we really needed it.
Four of their final six games are against teams who are outside the race for the Premier’s Plate, which could count in their favour.
Adelaide have a good home record this season, with six wins and just two defeats – both of which came in successive home dates in December.
United are 2.15 for the victory with Victory 3.20 and the draw 3.50.
Versatile left-sided player Craig Goodwin, whose goal got the Reds back to winning ways in the 2-1 victory over Central Coast last time out, said: “You can feel all the top five teams on the ladder and see that we are all within three points of each other, so we have a massive game against our big rivals this week.
“We definitely want to win the game, and if we can it’ll put us in a good position to finish as high as we can for the finals series.”
The Reds had lost two in a row before beating the Mariners, and Goodwin said Gombau had instilled in them before the match that they had to get back to doing what they do best.
“Throughout the week before the game, Josep emphasised that we need to get back to the basics and resume playing the style that we have worked on a lot,” he said. “This was our main focus, and that win has now given us a lot of confidence when we really needed it.”
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