Adelaide's struggles on the road could continue against Perth on Saturday night.
Perth were 2-0 down at Brisbane before Hagi Gligor grabbed a goal in the 70th minute just moments after coming on as a substitute but they were unable to go on and snatch an equaliser. That was their first defeat in five and as a result they remain in ninth, but just three points behind Wellington in sixth heading into this gameweek. Adelaide, on the other hand, managed to stay unbeaten in five as they picked up an impressive draw at the Wanderers, their third clean sheet in as many games.
Perth’s struggles this season have largely been on the road as they’re unbeaten at home since their opening home game against the Phoenix, despite the fact that they’ve played the Wanderers, Victory and Sydney in that time and they’ve also beaten Adelaide 3-1 earlier in the season, leading at half-time in that game. Their record at home to middle-third sides since the start of last season reads W6-D2-L2, with both teams scoring in six of these games but interestingly not the last two, against Sydney and Victory this season, both of which saw fewer than two goals.
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Adelaide were bottom of the table after nine games but have found their form in recent weeks and key to that improvement has been their defence as they’ve conceded just one goal in their last five, having conceded 13 in their five prior to that. Despite their upturn, they’re yet to win on the road this season, this after winning more than half of their away matches last term. Their last two away games have been 0-0’s, at the Wanderers and Jets, a marked improvement on their concession of 12 goals in their first four on the road. Since the start of last season their record on the road to bottom-three sides reads W2-D1-L4 with the wins coming over the Jets and the Mariners last season.
Perth’s strong home form together with Adelaide’s struggles on the road means that we have to side with the home team in this one, though we’re also going to cover the draw here as Perth have drawn two of their last four at home while Adelaide have drawn their last two on the road.