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Isaías insists Adelaide United has what it takes to beat fierce rivals Melbourne Victory when the two sides meet at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Reds are currently undefeated in their past three matches but face an in-form Victory outfit.
Adelaide played out a frustrating scoreless draw against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday and lie in fifth place on the table. No doubt a win, the ideal scenario to consolidate their top-six status.
Meanwhile, Kevin Muscat’s men are on a nine-match unbeaten streak and recently overcame Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1.
Isaías said although the Reds’ home form this season had not been the best, he was certain that their luck will change and positive results will arrive soon.
“I think we haven’t gotten many good results at home this season,” Isaías said, after becoming an Australian citizen at Coopers Stadium.
“But I think we’re playing good football and I hope results will arrive soon, and I’m really confident about tomorrow’s game.”
Victory will be without injured Japanese sensation, Keisuke Honda, but still remain a potent side in attack.
One of those players is Ola Toivonen, who has bagged seven goals this season, while finding the back-of-the-net in each of his last five games.
Isaías acknowledged Victory’s ostensible quality which is something they must be cognisant of, but the Spaniard stressed they are confident in their own ability.
“We know they’ve very high quality up front,” he said
“And they’ve experienced players, quality players but I know our power as a team, as a group.
“We believe in our system, we believe in our players and I think our group is stronger than them.”
Adelaide have not triumphed over Victory at home in the Hyundai A-League since February 2013.
However, Isaías dispelled suggestions Melbourne have a psychological edge over the Reds
“I think we believe every game we can get the three points,” he said.
“I think in the A-League there’s not much difference between the teams and I really believe in my team and we can win every single game.”
Adelaide United host Melbourne Victory in Round 12 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Wednesday, 9 January at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT. Gates open 5.50pm.