After two losses against Newcastle Jets this season Adelaide United will hope it is third time lucky as they prepare to face the Jets in tonight’s encounter at Coopers Stadium.

Without a win since early February, Adelaide enter their fixture against Newcastle on the back of a four-match winless streak which has seen them slide down the A-League ladder, on the verge of slipping outside the top six.

In contrast the Jets are in second place and guaranteed a place in the finals series ahead of tonight’s showdown.

Adelaide coach Marco Kurz is aware of the threat that the visitors pose, even without key players like Nigel Boogaard, Dimitri Petratos and Roy O’Donovan.

“We expect a strong team, players like Rodriguez and Vargas are back and their squad is very strong,” Kurz said.

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“We are focused and I think the concentration must be very high throughout the 90 minutes so we have a chance to get the three points.”

The Reds have failed to convert a host of promising goal scoring opportunities throughout the season and are the equal lowest scorers in the league alongside Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix and Kurz has pinpointed how his side can improve when it comes to slotting away their chances.

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“The quality in the last pass as well as the final shot while the experience and calm on the ball is also a factor,” Kurz said.

Despite his side’s poor goal scoring record the 48-year-old remains optimistic about his team’s ability in the final third.

“For me it’s better to know that we have the chances. It’s not so good for a coach when you’re not scoring goals or creating chances,” Kurz said.

“We have a couple of good chances in every game, we always work harder to improve and score more goals.”

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With four games remaining, the German coach has embraced the tight battle for the top six as his side look to maintain their place on the league table.

“I like the pressure but we stay in the best position. What do you think Brisbane or Perth think? They must wait for a mistake from our side or Western Sydney,” Kurz said.

“We stay in a good position and if we want to reach the finals, we must show that we are good enough to get points and we know we need more points than 30.”

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