April 29, 2015 12:26:22 UK
Midfielder Cameron Watson doesn’t regard Adelaide United’s poor home record against Brisbane Roar as a bad omen going into Friday’s elimination final.
United have lost their last six home meetings with Brisbane, including 3-2 and 1-0 defeats this season.
Their most recent reverse to Frans Thijssen’s side came less than three weeks ago, but Watson feels the fact that the Reds are otherwise going into the finals in good form – with four wins in their last seven games – weighs in their favour.
Their Coopers Stadium hoodoo against the Roar may also count for little as the match has been switched to Adelaide Oval.
I think form’s the big thing, whether it’s against the one team that you mightn’t have had results against in the past.
Watson, who passed the 100-games mark for the Reds last month, is happy that the team are going into the Finals Series on the back of a 4-1 thrashing of Melbourne City.
United, who are 7.00 to win the Grand Final, will go into the finals on the back of a promising 4-1 thrashing of Melbourne City.
“I think form’s the big thing, whether it’s against the one team that you mightn’t have had results against in the past,” he said.
“In terms of the past results, especially this season, I don’t think it’s going to worry us. The same goes for them; even though they’ve probably had the upper hand over us in the last couple of games I don’t think they’ll go into it being complacent.”
He added: “We know (Roar) quite well, the same goes for them, and at the end of the day we’re confident we can get the result and get the job done. We’ve just got to make sure we tick all the boxes and do the things that we need to do to get over the line.”
Watson says the surface at Adelaide Oval should be in tip-top condition as it is currently being used for AFL games.
The 27-year-old had the confidence boost of scoring his first A-League goal in the win over City at the weekend. He kept his cool after his initial penalty, which he netted, was ruled out for encroachment and put his second kick into the opposite corner of the net.
Adelaide are 1.83 to beat Brisbane Roar, who are 4.00 with the draw 3.75.
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