The Reds will end their title defence here but can they get the better of a hot Wanderers outfit?
Adelaide have endured a torrid season but have played some of their best football over the past five weeks, however, will go into this off the back of a narrow 1-nil defeat to Melbourne City.
The Wanderers suffered defeat in the Asian Champions League during the week but managed to get a draw when hosting the Victory last weekend.
It’s been too little too late for Adelaide this season. Twelve months ago they were lifting the Premier’s Plate but this time around they will do well to avoid the wooden spoon!
Gui Amor’s side has been in the best form of their campaign though and head into this with a midweek win against Jeju United in the Asian Champions League over in South Korea.
Although they did lose to Melbourne City in the league last week, that broke a run of four straight games with at least a point where they achieved back-to-back wins against Brisbane and Central Coast.
One of the big reasons for their recent success has been a far better defence which has only conceded a goal game on average over the past five weeks.
It might have been the loss the Wanderers needed heading into the finals.
Dropping a 3-2 decision at home in the Asian Champions League to FC Seoul broke an unbeaten run which spanned over a month and included wins over Melbourne City, Wellington and Newcastle.
Tony Popovic’s men have been rock solid in defence outside of the ACL and have kept consecutive clean sheets.
Incredibly this fixture has been more commonly known for being a stalemate.
Taking out last year’s 3-1 Grand Final win to Adelaide and the 2-1 triumph to the Wanderers earlier this season, four of the past six clashes have ended in draws. Going into things a bit deeper and three of those draws have ended nil-all.
That alone makes taking nil-all in the Correct Score market very tempting considering the $19 on offer @ bet365.
This has Draw written all over it.
Both teams are on the quick back-up after ACL commitments midweek and don’t really have a great deal to play for. Adelaide can’t make the finals while Western Sydney can only finish as high as fifth which means a road trip in Week 1 of the finals regardless of where they end up.
History suggests these sides usually cancel each other out and we think that will happen once again.
NIL-ALL CORRECT SCORE