Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau is confident the Reds can match league leaders Perth Glory in the west tomorrow despite the scheduled 40-degree heat.
The match has been postponed half an hour to better combat the extreme temperature and Gombau has said that the players will do the best that they can.
“We need to follow the schedule given to us and we are not complaining, we will prepare and do the best that we can.”
“Every moment is different and so you can always prepare but you never know what can happen.”
The Reds are facing a Glory side that is currently seven points clear at the top of the table and Gombau has stated that he will be taking it game by game.
“Perth are the best team in numbers and they know very well what they want out of a match.
“Every team is fighting to be in the finals and to go to Asia, if you win three or four games in this league you can be in the top positions.”
Adelaide United will be boosted by the return of several key players missing from last week’s defeat against Wellington Phoenix.
Elrich and Boogaard return from suspensions, while Carrusca, Malik and Ferreira are expected to be involved in the coming matches after suffering injuries.
Our fixture against Perth is the last game before the Asian Cup break, a rest Gombau says will be good for his players.
“We have been training since July 1 last year so I only see this break as a positive.
“It will be good to have players come back with a fresh mind after a long pre-season with a lot of games.”
Monday, 5 January 2015
Perth Glory v Adelaide United
nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-Off: 5:30 PM (Local) (8:00 PM ACDT)
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Assistant Referee 1: Tim Mihevc
Assistant Referee 2: Josh Mannella
Fourth Official: David Bruce
TV Broadcast: Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 8.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 720 ABC Perth, ABC Local Radio Western Australia, 891 ABC Adelaide, ABC Local Radio SA, Grandstand Digital, Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app
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Perth Glory Squad: 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2.Jack CLISBY, 3.Brandon O’NEILL, 5.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH, 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Jamie MACLAREN, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 18.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Daniel DE SILVA, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 22.Cameron EDWARDS, 23.Michael THWAITE (c) ***two to be omitted***
Ins: 3.Brandon O’NEILL (promoted), 20.Daniel DE SILVA (promoted)
Unavailable: 7.Youssouf HERSI (hamstring - season) 17.Mitch NICHOLS ( Hamstring - 4-6 weeks), 13.Diogo FEREIRA (groin - 1-2 weeks)
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.PABLO SÁNCHEZ, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.Cameron WATSON, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 20.Paul IZZO (GK), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 24.Bruce KAMAU, 30.John HALL (GK) ***two to be omitted***
Ins: 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (returns from suspension), 5.Osama MALIK (returns from injury), 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (returns from injury), 21.Tarek ELRICH (returns from suspension), 22.Fabio FERREIRA (returns from injury)
Outs: 15.Ben WARLAND (omitted), 26.Anthony COSTA (omitted), 32.Nathan KONSTANDOPOPOULOS (omitted)
Unavailable: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (international duty), 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee – indefinite)