Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Adelaide United: Gombau tries to counter Mariners’ 5-4-1 with Cirio as false nine

The Mariners emerged victorious in a tight match low on chances. Teams Phil Moss rotated his squad from a midweek Champions League match and returned to the same starting eleven from last week’s 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar, thus continuing with the 5-4-1. Josep Gombau surprisingly dropped Bruce Djite to the bench, bringing Jeronimo Neumann into […]

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United tactical preview

The defending champions host Josep Gombau’s Adelaide in an exciting preliminary final. Approaches Like Friday night’s match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, this is a match between a possession-based team, and a counter-attacking team, and the pattern of the game, particularly considering their previous clashes this season, feels obvious. Adelaide will patiently build attacks […]

Adelaide United 3-1 Sydney FC: Carrusca facilitates Adelaide’s creativity

Marcelo Carrusca laid on two assists in a straightforward Adelaide win. Teams Although Osama Malik was ruled out with a training injury, this was close to Adelaide’s strongest side – with Michael Zullo back in his usual left-back role, Cirio ahead of him on that same flank and Carrusca at the head of midfield. Frank […]

Brisbane Roar 2-1 Adelaide United: Berisha brace settles possession battle

Brisbane triumphed in a battle between the A-League’s two possession-based sides. Teams Mike Mulvey was with practically his full complement of players, so he named his strongest side – with Dimitri Petratos ahead of Henrique on the right. Corey Brown was a late injury replacement for Jean Carlos Solorzano on the bench. Josep Gombau made […]

Adelaide United 1-0 Newcastle Jets: Van Egmond tweaks midfield to counter Adelaide’s passing

Adelaide kept a third consecutive clean sheet in a tight win. Teams Josep Gombau made one change from last week’s 0-0 draw with Perth, bringing Cirio back into the side in place of Cameron Watson, with Jeronimo Neumann moving to the right. Gary van Egmond lost Kew Jailiens to his troublesome hamstring, meaning Josh Mitchell got […]

Adelaide mix up passing game in 4-0 win over Central Coast Mariners

Josep Gombau’s side put four past the defending champions in one of the season’s shock results. The previous clash between these two sides, a 1-0 Mariners win back in late October, is an excellent example of the general pattern of Adelaide games under Gombau: they dominate possession, as is the former Barcelona coach’s mantra, but […]