Match Preview: Adelaide v City

With only one win to show from its past five games, Melbourne City FC will be out to reignite its 2021/22 campaign with a win over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night.

The City squad returned to A-League Men action last Sunday, playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The City boys were on the back foot early and down by two goals within the opening eight minutes as James Troisi and Jack Rodwell were afforded too much time and space to find the back of the net early for the Wanderers.

City hit back initially through a Dimitri Petratos own-goal, before Jamie Maclaren rose to head home from the corner to make it 2-2 by half-time.

Marco Tilio was introduced to the contest in the 56th minute and didn’t take long to make an impact, giving City the lead with a screamer from the edge of the box after being played inside by Andrew Nabbout.  

However, City fans’ hopes of a first win in 2022 were dashed when Keijiro Ogawa snuck in behind the defence to finish one-on-one past Tom Glover and ensure the points were shared.

The result continued City’s streaky start to the season, with the team now having as many draws as it does wins and losses combined. A complete 90 minute performance can’t come soon enough for the group as it looks to regain confidence and get back into the rhythm following a COVID-disrupted few weeks.  

City’s upcoming opposition is one we’ve already faced this campaign, the boys already having travelled to Adelaide back in late November where we came away with a 2-2 draw.

Most recently, the Reds were involved in a 1-1 draw with plenty of late drama against Melbourne Victory, with both goals and a red card all arriving after the 80th minute – Isaías’ sending-off means the Spaniard won’t be eligible to play for Adelaide against City in tonight’s clash.

The Round 2 draw between the sides meant that City’s winless run when playing away to Adelaide extended to five games, a piece of history that Kisnorbo’s men will be eager to put behind them with a strong 90 minute performance on Saturday night

Match Details

Izuzu UTE A-League: Round 10

Adelaide United FC vs Melbourne City FC

Saturday 15 January, kick-off 7:45pm

Coopers Stadium