Round 15 National Premier League Preview - Adelaide Blue Eagles v West Adelaide
Adelaide Blue Eagles v West Adelaide
South Australia National Premier League Round 15
When: Saturday, June 7th. Kick-off 3pm
Where: Marden Sports Complex, 65 Lower Portrush Road, MARDEN
Adelaide Blue Eagles: C. Annicchiarico, S. Annicchiarico, C. Atsikbasis, J. Boyokino, M. Catford, D. Crettenden, F. Filletti, J. Giannitto, A. Harris, K. Harris, C. Mbarga, A. Kebede, S. Saccoh, M. Tosic, A. Vizzari
West Adelaide: M. Alexandrou, N. Andijanto, T. Briscoe, R. Da Silva, T. Guttormsen, M. Hiern, N. Koskoletos, K. Mantis, L. Miller, L. Moss, Y. Sarris, E. Vlassis, J. Wright
Adelaide Blue Eagles: L L D
Round 12: MetroStars 4-1 Adelaide Blue Eagles, TK Shutter Reserve
Round 13: Adelaide Blue Eagles 0-2 Raiders, Whyalla Croatia Park
Round 14: Adelaide Blue Eagles 0-0 Campbelltown City, Marden Sports Complex
Campbelltown City: W D W
Round 12: Raiders 0-1 West Adelaide, Croatian Sports Centre
Round 13: West Adelaide 1-1 Campbelltown City, Adelaide Shores Football Centre
Round 14: Adelaide City 1-2 West Adelaide, Adelaide City Park
After last weekend’s Coca-Cola Federation Cup final, South Australia National Premier League action returns with a blockbuster Round 15 clash between Adelaide Blue Eagles and leaders West Adelaide at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday.
While Blue Eagles had the weekend off, West Adelaide suffered a 4-1 loss in the cup final against traditional rivals Adelaide City.
Sixth-placed Blue Eagles will be looking to snap a three-match winless streak, most recently drawing 0-0 in their Round 14 derby with Campbelltown City.
Adam Harris of Adelaide Blue Eagles spoke about the importance of Saturday’s clash.
“To be honest, these are probably the biggest games of the season to be fair. We’re just hanging on at the moment because there’s just a couple points between second and sixth,” Harris said.
“We’ve got West Adelaide then Adelaide City so it’s very important that we pick up points, we can’t afford to drop any.
“Having the week off was really good to be honest; it gave us the chance to regroup as a team and get a few good sessions under our belt so we know what we’re going to come out with on Saturday.
“If anything they’ll be coming out tougher and stronger after the cup loss, they are fully focused on the league now, so it’s going to be a tough game.”
With Blue Eagles hosting Adelaide City in Round 16 on Monday, Harris believes the team is prepared for a crucial weekend of football.
“The Adelaide City match is definitely in the back of the mind because it’s a quick two-day turn around, which is going to be tough for all teams.
“Our sessions have been approached this week in preparation for the two games, so Zoran [Karadzic] has got us both physically and mentally ready.
“But we’ll take it one game at a time; we’ll concentrate on West Adelaide and try to pick some points up, and then move onto the Adelaide City game.”
Despite their cup final loss to Adelaide City, West Adelaide have been flying in the league, leading second-placed Adelaide Comets by four points.
West Adelaide attacker Thomas Briscoe said that while his side is disappointed about last weekend’s loss, their main aim is to win the league.
“We’ve had a discussion about it during the week, everyone has looked at the cup as a bit of a bonus,” Briscoe said.
“Our main focus has got to be back on the league now, that’s the main one everyone wants to win.
“Obviously everyone is very disappointed, but at the end of the day it was a bad day at the office and City probably deserved it so we’ve got to move on.
“This week, we’ve pretty much put our heads down and focused. We’ve put in a bit of hard work, as well as thinking about what Blue Eagles try to do and how we can counter it or how we can go about beating what they put out.”
On Monday in Round 16, West Adelaide travel to South Adelaide, but Briscoe said the team will focus first and foremost on Blue Eagles.
“For us, Blue Eagles is, not the bigger game, but the more important one because they are closer to us on the table, then we’ve got recovery on Sunday and no doubt we will talk about the South Adelaide game then.
“There’s a few changes going into Saturday, so we need to focus on this one first then see what happens coming into Monday.”
Blue Eagles will look to cut down the eight-point gap between themselves and the league leaders, while West Adelaide will hope to extend a six-match undefeated streak.