Just two days after sacking their coach, Melbourne Victory renew their rivalry with Adelaide United in A-League Round 15 on Friday night.
Adelaide vs Victory kicks off at 7.30pm AEDT at Coopers Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.
Victory head into this clash under fire after sensationally sacking coach Marco Kurz on Wednesday after just 13 games in charge.
Kurz experienced a difficult start as Victory manager as the club languished towards the bottom of the ladder for the bulk of the season, but they did recently haul themselves up into sixth spot.
However, Victory undid all their good work from a thumping 4-0 win over Newcastle as they went down 3-2 to the Mariners last weekend, conceding two penalties in stoppage time.
That was ultimately the straw that broke the camel’s back, with Kurz handed his marching orders on Wednesday. Second assistant manager Carlo Salvachua is expected to take over for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, Adelaide aren’t faring much better at the moment, heading into this clash on the back of four straight defeats.
Indeed, Adelaide haven’t won since beating Newcastle on December 8 and have slipped to seventh position – below Victory – on the ladder as a result.
The Reds have won their last three meetings with Victory, with all three of those games coming at Coopers. Both teams are in terrible form, but with Victory shaken up mid-week, this looms as a great chance for Adelaide to snap their drought.
Adelaide United – $2.00
Melbourne Victory – $3.50
Draw – $3.60
– Adelaide have won their last three encounters
– All of those wins came at Coopers
– Victory have scored just one goal in those games