Adelaide should be worried - Merrick
Confident Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick says his side's star-studded attack means Adelaide will be the side with all the worries in Sunday's A-League semi-final.
Dismissing the Victory's form slump since wrapping up the minor premiership more than a month ago, Merrick said he was sure Melbourne could handle every player in the Adelaide side.
"We think we've got them covered and I guess that's why we won the premiership," Merrick said.
"We wrapped that up before Christmas and now we're ready to go for the championship."
He was doubtful Adelaide would feel as comfortable about coping with a Victory attack including stars Archie Thompson, Daniel Allsopp and Fred.
"It's about how we perform," Merrick said.
"It's about them being concerned about how the two top goal-scorers in the league, Daniel Allsopp and Archie Thompson, perform.
"I think it's a case of them adjusting to the way we attack and the way we create in the midfield rather than us worrying about them."
Adelaide coach John Kosmina acknowledged that the star trio were a concern and said United had to starve them of chances.
"They're strong - Archie Thompson, Danny Allsopp and Fred - they cause teams a lot of problems by their movement and pace," Kosmina said.
"If they don't get the ball then it will be more difficult for them."
Kosmina added that the Victory could not afford to be too confident, even if it performed well in Adelaide, given United beat Melbourne 1-0 at Telstra Dome earlier this season.
Sunday's match will be at Hindmarsh Stadium, with the second leg at Telstra Dome a week later.
"Maybe Ernie forgot that we actually beat them at the Telstra Dome during the season," he said.
"We are looking forward to playing there - it is a great venue. It is good for us. We have happy memories there."
Adelaide will be without midfielder Greg Owens through suspension.
Melbourne had a full list to choose from, although Fred left the field 15 minutes early during Friday's final training session at Telstra Dome, which was watched by about 500 fans.
He also appeared slightly proppy at Thursday's session, but Merrick was adamant he was fully fit.
"We were just trying a couple of different things, that's all," Merrick said of Fred's early departure.
"We've got no injuries, we've got no suspensions and there's a full list available."