Ahead of Adelaide United’s intriguing Round 14 encounter with Melbourne Victory at Coopers Stadium, dubbed the #OriginalRivalry, Opta has provided the key statistics for the clash.
In the pair’s previous meeting this season, the Victory snatched a 1-2 last-gasp win when they last travelled to Coopers Stadium, snapping a preceding winless run of eight matches in the city of churches.
The Reds possess the highest duel success rate of any team in the Hyundai A-League (52.5%), which is incidentally 1.4% more effective than their fierce rivals.
Reds full-back, Ben Garuccio, has made an impressive 58 interceptions this season, more than any other player in the competition and 20 greater than Victory’s best, Alan Baró.
United midfielder, Isaias, managed to complete eight of his ten tackles against the Wellington Phoenix in Round 13. He also led the match for duels won with 11.
Defensive pairing, Dylan McGowan and Taylor Regan, managed 17 clearances against the Phoenix in Round 13 last week.
Adelaide United Captain and goalkeeper, Eugene Galekovic, saved nine shots on target last week to claim his third clean sheet of the season – the second against the Phoenix.
Adelaide United host Melbourne Victory in Round 14 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season on Saturday, 7 January at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT.