Reds looking to make A-League history against arch-rivals Victory

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Adelaide United have never defeated Melbourne Victory away from home twice in one season. On Sunday, the Reds can rewrite the record books with a win at AAMI Park.

Both teams are coming off losses on Wednesday night and will be striving to get back on the winner’s list following a disappointing mid-week result.

Melbourne is on a five-game losing streak but would love nothing more than to put a dent in Adelaide’s finals hopes with a win at home. 

Similarly to the Victory, United have suffered a grey patch in form, winning only one of their past five games and sliding down to fourth on the A-League ladder. 

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Head-to-head this season, Adelaide have defeated Melbourne twice and can complete a season sweep over their adversary’s for the first time in club history with a win on Sunday.

With many of the teams below them pushing for a finals spot, Adelaide head coach Carl Veart discussed how his side must move on from Wednesday’s disappointing result in Perth and focus on the task ahead. 

“They’re [the players] disappointed but, we can’t dwell on it,” Veart said.

“We’ve got Melbourne Victory on Sunday and, we need to pick up the three points.”

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Even though Melbourne is out of finals contention, head coach Steve Kean was adamant his team still had plenty to play for this weekend and throughout the season’s late weeks.

“We’ve got to keep going. People have got futures to play for, whether if it’s at our club or somewhere else,” Kean said.

“Anyone that has watched us would’ve seen that our performances have been decent and probably warranted more points.

“We’ve got a few home games coming up and, we will go right to the last whistle of this season.”

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Nick Ansell’s hamstring complaint is Melbourne’s only injury concern following their mid-week clash against Sydney.

Across the border, the Reds are hoping captain Stefan Mauk will be fit for Sunday’s match after he pulled out of the team’s warm-up in Perth due to calf soreness.

Match details

Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United

Date: Sunday, May 23

Time: 5.40pm 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta 

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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