Back Adelaide to emerge victorious but the Mariners can get on the scoresheet.
Adelaide managed what the Wanderers, Victory and Sydney all failed to do this season by winning at Perth last weekend, meaning they’ve now won four of six unbeaten games to move up to sixth, this after failing to win any of their opening eight games and being bottom of the league.
The Mariners have replaced Adelaide at the bottom of the league and after beating the Phoenix 3-1 at home, they would have thought they were going to record back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013/14 when they were 3-0 up against the Victory, but the Champions mounted a remarkable comeback to break the Mariners’ hearts in the 92nd minute.
Adelaide have won their last three home games and have only lost four of their 21 games here since the start of last season whilst keeping a clean sheet in four of their seven at home this term. What’s more, their home record against bottom-three sides since the start of last season is an impressive W5-D1-L0, leading at half-time in half of them, albeit with only two wins by more than one goal.
The Mariners continued their good scoring form as they put three past the Victory meaning they’ve now scored in 12 of their 14 matches this season but their leaky defence cost them once again against the Victory as they’ve conceded 32 times this season, eight more than anyone else. Furthermore, Jacob Poscoliero, who has mostly played centre-back this campaign, is suspended and the Mariners have lost all nine away games he’s failed to start since the beginning of last season while conceding 29 times.
However, the Mariners have scored in all of their last 11 away games even if they’ve lost 10 and their record at middle third sides reads W0-D2-L5 as they managed to score in all seven of these games, with six seeing at least three goals and four seeing at least four.
Adelaide have won all three of their home games against the Mariners since 2013/14, but the Mariners did manage to score at Coopers Stadium last season. As a result we’re backing them to score in this one but come out on the losing side once again.