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Breanna Holden's Friday Preview: Round 27

by Breanna Holden on Apr 08, 2016

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Melbourne City v Adelaide United
Friday 8, AAMI Park
Kick-off: 7:40pm

The final round of the regular season gets off to a cracking start as Melbourne City and Adelaide United do battle at AAMI Park, with the winner remaining in contention for the Premiership.

Melbourne may well have blown their best chance at silverware yet after suffering a huge loss to Perth Glory last weekend; but City can certainly put the pressure on with a win over Adelaide – or at the very least secure a home finals game – even if their fate lays in the results of the other games. Back at home John van ‘t Schip’s men will need to ensure they come out of the blocks firing, particularly given their loss to Perth came largely down to a slow start and unusual lack of understanding. Relying merely on their home advantage and recent win over the Reds will simply not be enough to make their mark on the final round – they need pull together and put in one of their most unified and balanced performance.

Adelaide head into the round in a slightly better position than their hosts, sitting just one point behind Brisbane Roar and with a six-goal advantage for and against; giving Guillermo Amor’s men a lot to play for when they run out on Friday. However, at AAMI Park the Reds face a huge task with City unbeaten at home since round eight this season. If United are to finish the night with one hand on the Premiership they will need to ensure their defence doesn’t crumble under the pressure of the league’s best attack, and can stay grounded enough when going forward so as to not leave themselves open for a sucker punch. But as Amor as proven time again this season, the Reds shine under pressure and certainly cannot be written out of any match.

My Tip: Melbourne City
Although this clash could go either way, City’s loss to Perth could well be the key ingredient to motivating the home side to a win. However; that’s not to discount the Reds in any way. So long as United can overcome the backing of AAMI Park and successfully deal with the Fornaroli-Novillo partnership that tore them apart last time, they could have one hand on the Premiership.