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Adelaide City v Adelaide Blue Eagles - Devine Super League Round 10 Preview
By Luca Cetta
When: Saturday, June 11. Kick off 3pm
Where: Adelaide City Park
Adelaide City: Luke OSTBYE (GK) Nicky BUDIN (C), Jace CUMMINS, Jordan D’ARSIE, Ricardo DA SILVA, Jonathon NEGUS, Nicky ORR, Matthew HALLIDAY, Matthew MULLEN, Eli VLASSIS, Paul PEZOS, Anthony COSTA, Jason SPANGNUOLO, Patrick DERUvO, Michael SCHINNICK, Andrew MARVEGGIO, John SOLARI (GK)
Adelaide Blue Eagles: Gino DE LUCIA (GK) (C), Gianluca LAGATI, Christopher ATSIKBASIS, Christopher ANNICCHIARICO, Dean KENRICK, Damien DI MELLA, Adam VIZZARI, Tony HATZIS, Fortunato FILLETTI, Evan KOUNAVELIS, Nicholas BUCCO, Ian KAMAU, Chad BUGEJA, Kym HARRIS, Damien CRETTENDEN, Lucas ANDREUCCI (RGK)
Adelaide City: WDW
Round 9: Croydon 1 - 3 Adelaide City, Polonia Park
Round 8: Adelaide City 1 - 1 Western Strikers, Adelaide City Park
Round 7: Adelaide City 2 - 1 Adelaide Galaxy, Adelaide City Park
Adelaide Blue Eagles: WWW
Round 9: Adelaide Blue Eagles 1 - 0 Campbelltown, Marden Sports Complex
Round 8: Croydon 0 - 2 Adelaide Blue Eagles, Polonia Park
Round 7: Adelaide Blue Eagles 1 - 0 Western Strikers, Marden Sports Complex
Adelaide City may be top of the Devine Super League but there is no room for complacency ahead of their Devine Super League Round 10 clash with the Adelaide Blue Eagles.
City midfielder Andrew Marveggio said Coach Damian Mori is not getting carried away with his side’s current position, nor will he allow his players to get too far ahead of themselves.
"We are still working hard to consolidate our position," Marveggio said.
"(Damian) Mori is making sure there is no complacency, he has sat us down to talk about that and he is making sure we just worry about week to week and our next opponent. There is no point looking too far ahead."
Adelaide City returned to the winners list last week as they put three second half goals past Croydon and enjoy a six-point cushion over second-placed MetroStars.
Blue Eagles are a further two points back, with Marveggio realising their opponents are gunning for the black and whites.
"It is a vital game because of their position on the ladder. Also, we know that everybody lifts when they play City because we are at the top," he said.
Blue Eagles veteran Damien Di Mella said his side will take plenty of confidence into the match because of their recent form and are ready to take on the competition leaders.
"They will be tough to beat, no doubt. To win we have to continue playing as we have in recent weeks," he said.
"If we keep doing what we have been doing lately, like work the ball to feet, have plenty of movement and pace on the flanks, we are a chance."
With the fight for a top five berth beginning to heat up, Di Mella and his side are aware of the significance this match holds.
"Certainly it is important to break away from the rest of the chasing pack," he said.
"While we also know a win will keep us in touch with Adelaide City. They haven’t lost yet this season and look formidable but their run has to end sometime – hopefully this weekend."
Blue Eagles grabbed the three points in a dominating display against Campbelltown last week but failed to add to their one goal advantage.
They have scored at just over a goal a game this season and Di Mella feels the 'goals for' tally is not reflective of Blue Eagles power in the front third.
"We started slowly but are getting better," he said.
"We had a lot of injuries and now it is starting to come together. We have created and missed a lot of chances, but the guys up front are starting to find their feet."
In other matches:
Croydon will look to re-ignite their top five push after consecutive losses, when they travel to Jet Park to face Modbury on Friday night. The hosts went down last weekend and were leap-frogged by Para Hills in the fight to avoid the drop. A win here will continue their resurgence after a difficult opening to the season.
Campbelltown host bottom side Raiders at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre on Saturday. Inconsistent form has seen the Red Devils drop out of the top five while Raiders lost the relegation clash against Para Hills last week and are desperate to kick-start their campaign. The hosts will need to improve on their seven goals this season to stand any chance of playing in the finals.
MetroStars look in menacing form at present and they will continue to hunt down Adelaide City when they welcome Western Strikers to TK Shutter Reserve on Saturday. Strikers defeated the Jets last week but will need to find that bit extra to topple Metro. The key to stopping Metro will be denying strike-duo Michael Matricciani and Francesco Monterosso.
Para Hills enjoyed a crucial win last week which they will hope to build from when Adelaide Galaxy visits The Paddocks on Saturday. Galaxy is without a win in four matches which has seen them slip from second spot. They are firmly entrenched in the battle for a top five position while the hosts can put more space between themselves and the relegation zone with a victory.
Friday 10 June
Modbury v Croydon
7:30pm - Jet Park, Corner Golden Grove & Milne Roads, RIDGEHAVEN
Saturday 11 June
Campbelltown v Raiders
3pm - Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, Stradbroke Road, NEWTON
MetroStars v Western Strikers
3pm - TK Shutter Reserve, Fourth Avenue, KLEMZIG
Para Hills v Adelaide Galaxy
3pm - The Paddocks, Bridge Road, PARA HILLS