R10 Preview: Adelaide Blue Eagles v Raiders
Adelaide Blue Eagles v Raiders
PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Round 10
When: Saturday, May 7. Kick-off 3pm
Where: Marden Sports Complex, Lower Portrush Road, MARDEN
Adelaide Blue Eagles: Antoni Panagoulias, Hamish Mccabe, Alex Pontecorvo, Liam Mccabe, 1. Michael Catford (GK), 2. Adam Harris, 4. Christopher Atsikbasis, 6. Nathan Niutta, 7. Jean-Claude Boyokino, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Fortunato Filletti, 10. Evan Kounavelis, 13. Alemayo Kebede, 15. Samuel Tesfagabr, 16. Matthew Charalambous, 17. Matthew Dawber, 19. Marco Balsamo, 20. Anthony Dimas, 22. Andrej Rastovac, 23. Hirofumi Kochi, 66. Pedram Sourjani (GK)
Raiders: Dalibor Barisic, Andrew Tamburrino, Fuma Kido, Jake Mccabe, Bilitiinho Bility, Francesco Tropiano, Mason Robinson-Norwood, Alex Cosmidis, Vincenzo Talladira, Matthew Mullen, Antonio Manocchio, 6. Pietro Piantedosi, 8. Michael Paleka (C), 9. Mario Marcinko, 11. David Carosi, 13. Deale Chamberlain, 14. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 17. Yasmin Sudic, 20. Pierce Stephens, 22. Tito Bontor
Adelaide Blue Eagles: L W D
Round 8: Adelaide Blue Eagles 1-3 Adelaide City, Marden Sports Complex
FFA Cup Qualifying Round 2: Adelaide City 1-2 Adelaide Blue Eagles, Adelaide City Park
Round 9: Adelaide Comets 1-1 Adelaide Blue Eagles, SA Athletics Stadium
Raiders: L L W
Round 7: Adelaide Olympic 3-0 Raiders, Elite Systems Football Centre
Round 8: Campbelltown City 4-1 Raiders, Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Round 9: Raiders 2-0 Adelaide United, Croatian Sports Centre
Adelaide Blue Eagles is aiming to return to the winners list against a Raiders side coming off a victory and coaching change in Round 10 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday.
Blue Eagles were last week pegged back to draw 1-1 against Adelaide Comets. Gianluca Lagati’s side are down in sixth.
Marco Balsamo said Blue Eagles have been affected by injuries.
“It was not one of our best performances, maybe we were a bit lucky to get a point, but we’ll take it,” he stated.
“We had a lot of players missing, so it was a point gained for us.
“We’ve had a tough batch of games lately. But I believe when we get the players back from injury the results will start flowing.”
The Marden-based club was last season challenging for top spot throughout the campaign. However, in 2016 Blue Eagles are already seven points off the pace ahead of facing Raiders.
Balsamo expects a difficult match against the new-look side.
“We have performed well in most games. The style is there, the results not always. There are a few dropped games we should have won.
“But it’s a long season and we are confident we can aim for the top places. If we get a good run going we can finish where we want to be.
“It will be tricky against Raiders with all the changes. We go in knowing we need points, but it will be tough.
“We want to put it to bed early, as the longer it goes the more they will feel confident.”
Joel Porter oversaw Raiders 2-0 victory over Adelaide United last weekend, but parted ways with the club days later. He has been replaced by former player Robert Matosevic.
Captain Michael Paleka is not expecting great changes in Matosevic’s first match in charge against Blue Eagles.
“Whenever there is a change it has an effect. We have to keep it as professional as possible and be respectful to Robbie,” he said.
“He won’t go out and change too much. He will keep it as close to what we had as possible, for now, and work on changes later in the season. Too many changes straight away can be difficult.
“Blue Eagles have been up and down. For us, it will be tough but we have got to do the right things and follow instructions.”
Raiders may still sit bottom of the table, but after recording a much-needed second victory of the campaign are just two points behind MetroStars.
Currently on six points, captain Paleka claimed the victory over the Reds helped take some of the pressure off.
“It was a big relief. It took the pressure off us and keeps up in touch with the rest of the pack,” he noted.
“It was our best performance of the year. Defensively we were well structured and we moved the ball forward well. It was a great all-round team effort.”
Written by Luca Cetta - @l_cetta