Adelaide United defender Ersan Gulum is excited to renew the club’s traditional rivalry with Melbourne Victory and expects a “few tackles here and there”.
The Reds and Victory will lock horns at AAMI Park from 6pm AEST on Sunday, having had a long history as rivals, dating back to the early A-League years, including two grand finals.
United always garner good away support from the trip to Melbourne Victory, adding another element to the rivalry.
“There’s history there with finals,” Melbourne-born Gulum said.
“Looking to the finals campaign, the most entertaining game is going to be Adelaide versus Victory.
“A lot of fans will be glued to the TV watching this game.
“I think it’s going to be a great, entertaining game, with a few tackles flying here and there. It’s all part of the finals series, it’s going to be a great game to watch.”
The honours have been shared across the two clubs’ three encounters this term, each claiming one win along with a draw.
Gulum said Adelaide needed to focus on their own game, insisting finals football was all about avoiding mistakes.
“I don’t think we need to worry too much about what they’re going to do,” Gulum said.
“If anything, we need to worry about what we’re going to do.
“Finals is a very different feeling. It’s a different football style. Finals is all about errors and mistakes.
“You’ve got to make less mistakes to win in finals. I think we’ll just play our game. Play to our strengths.
“When we play to our strengths, play simple football and the football Marco (Kurz) wants us to play, we’re a very hard team to beat.”