The Adelaide United Youth Team will travel to Victoria to face Melbourne Victory’s Youth in Round 8 of the Foxtel National Youth League on Saturday afternoon.
In what was a forgettable last time out for the Young Reds, Michael Valkanis’ men will be looking to resurrect their previous performance against Victory, when they once again face off against their cross-border rivals this weekend.
The Young Reds still remain on top of Conference A, two points adrift of second placed side Melbourne City with just two matches remaining in Adelaide’s campaign.
Head Coach of United’s Youth, Michael Valkanis, knows the significance heading into the final two games but singles out the Melbourne Victory game due to its fiery nature and history over the years at both Hyundai A-league and Youth League level.
“We are looking forward to this game in particular as they are always good games against Melbourne Victory,” said Valkanis.
"The rivalry is there with the Youth Team as well and in the past there have been some fantastic matches, especially from two teams who play attacking football.
“So we are really looking forward to bouncing back and playing some quality football after the match we played in Brisbane.”
Valkanis went on the mention the preparation of the side labelling it as “pleasing” despite the score line in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago.
“The boys have trained really well and they know the importance of this match,” Valkanis explained.
“Since our last match there will be some change, however we need to do find a balance which will allow us to combat the Victory away.
“We know that the Melbourne Victory is a good team and we aren’t going to make excuses for what occurred last time out, so we will play this game the way we normally play and that’s attacking, positive, and attractive football.”
The Adelaide United Youth currently sit in top spot of Conference A, with a win this weekend giving them a five point advantage over second placed side Melbourne City.
Adelaide United Youth Team will face Melbourne Victory Youth Team in Round 8 of the Foxtel National Youth League 2015/16 season on Saturday, 2 January at Lakeside Stadium. Kick-off is at 3.30pm ACDT.