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Adelaide United will return to Coopers Stadium tonight, hosting the Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 2 of the 2015/16 A-League season.

The bottom-of-the-table Wanderers will be looking to make amends for their disappointing 3-1 defeat to Brisbane last weekend, while Adelaide will have slightly more confidence after last week’s season opener against defending champions Melbourne Victory ended in a draw.

The Reds’ young goalkeeper, John Hall, will be making his second start for the club after first-choice keeper and captain Eugene Galekovic was sidelined for up to six weeks due to knee surgery.

United manager Guillermo Amor is unfazed by the loss of Galekovic after Hall’s strong performance at Adelaide Oval.

“(Galekovic) is a great player and a great leader of this team,” Amor said.

“But we have depth and can cover for this loss.

“John showed his confidence and abilities last week and he will continue to grow in this role.”

Emotions will be running high in the Red Army if former player Dario Vidosic starts for Western Sydney, providing he proves his fitness to coach Tony Popovic.

Popovic is confident his team can overcome last week’s loss to challenge the Reds away from home.

“We know we have some dangerous players,” he said.

“But I think this week we’ll see our dangerous players cause them some problems as well.”

Full back Tarek Elrich will return to the fold for United, fresh from his experience with the Socceroos in Jordan, ready to strengthen the home team’s shaky defence.

The game could mark a new record for the number of Spaniards in a single A-League match, if both teams play each of their three Spanish players.

The game will likely be decided by whichever team’s Spanish contingent steps up on the night, bringing their brand of flair and passion to Australian shores.

Sergio Cirio and Isaias will be the ones to watch for the home team, the former offering dangerous attacking runs and the latter always ready to hit passes with pinpoint accuracy.

Adelaide’s defenders will have their work cut out in handling the physicality and work rate of Western Sydney’s new Italian import, striker Federico Piovaccari, who will be hoping to open his account in the A-League tonight.

Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers

Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Round 2

Friday, 16 October 2015

Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

Kick-Off: 7:10 PM

Referee: Chris Beath

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