Adelaide plan to use inside information to beat Victory

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Kristian Opseth says Adelaide United are going to capitalise on their familiarity of Marco Kurz’s game plan when they take on their former manager on Saturday night at Coopers Stadium.

It’s the first time Adelaide have faced Melbourne Victory since Kurz joined the club’s rivals and Opseth says the situation it benefits the Reds more than the Victory.

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’’There is not much difference between all the teams in the A-League so it’s going to be a difficult game but hopefully, we know a bit more than they do.

’’The coach there, was the coach here last year so hopefully, we have a bit more inside information as well,’’ he said.

The German coach signed for the Victory following a successful two-year stint with the Reds where he lifted the FFA Cup.

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Opseth also revealed that his teammates have been educating him on the rivalry, including former Victory man James Troisi who made 105 appearances for the Victorian side.

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’’There are people here who really want to show themselves during the game. It’s always like that in rivalry games because it means a bit extra.

’’Like James Troisi said to me before that we now have their only creative player. These are his own words so it’s going to be exciting, I’m really looking forward to the game.’’

Adelaide enters the game in notable form having won their previous three matches. It’s their best winning run since the club won the premiership and championship double.

Alternatively, Melbourne has recorded only one win in their first six matches but their overall record against Adelaide will give them confidence: no team in A-League history has more victories against the Reds.

The Victory will also be boosted by the return of several key players from international duty.

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Opseth wasn’t concerned about the Victory squad and preferred to talk about the development of his own side.

’’I feel we start to know each other better and know what the coach wants.

’’You can see that in the games, we are getting the results and hopefully, we will get better in time,’’ he explained.

Adelaide United face Melbourne Victory in Round 7 of the A-League at Coopers Stadium on Saturday 23 November.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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