Wednesday, April 18, 2012



Unlucky with a couple of bets yesterday, Coventry City missed a penalty at 0-0, the keeper, who could easily ( would normally) have been sent off for the foul, making the save and Vaz Te, had three good ealy chances, one was disallowed and he tripped over ( unchallenged) when through with his clearest opportunity. Portsmouth, currently my third favourite side again did what was required and Mario Gomez finally found that second goal for Bayern, after missing several second half chances, so it was not all bad news.

Three previews today, including a STRONG overnight selection.


This is a competition I am very keen on and one we have done well with in the past, we have spoken several times previously about the recent Korean domination of the event and whilst Al-Sadd took the title last year, Korean clubs filled three quarter and two semi final places and it is difficult not to see them being equally succesful this year.

Pohang and Adelaide are old adversaries and are meeting in the competition for the sixth time, incredibly, the earlier meeting this month was the first time that the Steelers had beaten the Australian club and they would have been pleased to have got that particular monkey off their back. This is probably the weakest Adelaide side they have faced, one that won just five A-League games all season, conceding a league high 44 goals, including 23 on home soil ( only one other team allowed more than 17) , who are missing playmaker Dario Vidosic today and have played just one competitive match in 26 days since their season ended. That was the 1-0 defeat in Pohang and the 16,000 km round trip it involved. Vidosic is set to be replaced by local youngster Evan Kostopoulos and that is far from a like for like substitution.

Much has been written about the weather in Adelaide and how it will not suit the Steelers, but that is not true, they are used to hot temperatures and spring has sprung in Korea and come kick off, it will probably be cooler than current day time highs in Pohang, so no concern there and the visitors will be able to play their normal high tempo pressing game and anyway, when have you ever seen anything other than a superfit asian side and just eight games into their domestic season, they should be at their peak. United have had a long campaign and might be physically and more importantly mentally drained , with their seasom effectively ending a month ago. Pohang will hound them for 90 minutes and will be coming on strong late in the game, when the hosts are tiring, yesterday, Ulsan Hyundai played Brisbane Roar up in Queensland and scored a late winner, after drawing the home group game and Roar are much stronger than United. This is how I see today's game panning out, with Steelers strong in the second half, they were 1.90 level ball earlier this morning, but have been trimmed slightly, I would have taken the higher quote, but an happy to wait and see how this plays out and maybe take a bet in running. Match starts at 11.00 UK time.

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Osama MALIK, 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 11.Bruce DJITE, 12.Antony GOLEC, 13.Ricardo DA SILVA, 14.Cameron WATSON, 15.Jacob MELLING, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 21.Francisco USUCAR, 22.Iain FYFE, 23.Evan KOSTOPOULOS

Pohang Steelers squad: 1.HWA YONG (gk), 2.HEE CHUL, 3.KWANG SUK, 5.WON JAE, 6.SHIN JIN-HO, 7.Zoran RENDULIC, 8.JIN SUNG, 9.JI SOO, 10.Derek ASAMOAH, 11.Park SUNGHO, 13.WON IL, 14.TAE SU, 15.JUNG HONG-YOUN, 16.KIM JIN-RYONG, 17.SHIN KWANG-HOON, 18.MOO YUL, 20.HYUNG MIN (c), 22.BYUNG JUN, 24.DAE HO, 26.CHAN HO, 27.Iainis ZICU, 28.AN IL-JOO, 29.LEE MYUNG-JOO, 30.KIM CHAN-HEUI, 31.DA SOL (gk)


Good Luck.

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