In the lead up to Adelaide United’s Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season opener against Sydney FC in a blockbuster clash at Copers Stadium on Friday night, Opta has provided the key statistics.
In a positive omen, the Reds are unbeaten in their past six Round 1 matches, recording three wins and as many draws.
Moreover, you have to go back to 2007 for the last time United conceded more than one goal in the opening game of a season.
However, the hosts last triumphed over the Harbour City outfit in the Hyundai A-League back in April 2016.
Adelaide averaged six shots per match from outside the 18-yard box last campaign; the highest in the competition.
Reds Captain, Isaías led the league in interceptions in 2017/18 with 70, 11 more than any other player and 21 greater than the Sky Blues’ Josh Brillante (49).
Dynamic winger, Craig Goodwin, has already bagged three FFA Cup 2018 goals upon his return to the Club following a two-year spell abroad.
Goalkeeper, Paul Izzo, has kept four clean sheets during Adelaide’s cup run to the final.
New German signing, Mirko Boland has scored two cup goals since joining the Reds, and averages a passing accuracy rate of over 78% in those four matches.
Adelaide United host Sydney FC in Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Friday, 19 October at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports.