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Gamba Osaka v Adelaide United AFC Champions League Tips and Predictions - Can Reds eliminate Osaka?

Gary Emmerson 24 Apr 2017
  • Gamba Osaka defeated Adelaide United in the 2008 AFC Champions League final
  • Gamba also won the reverse fixture 3-0
  • An Adelaide win and a Jiangsu Sainty victory over Jeju United would see the Reds qualify
Adelaide United visit Gamba Osaka on Tuesday

Adelaide United and Gamba Osaka meet in a crucial AFC Champions League Group H showdown at Suita City Football Stadium on Tuesday with the hosts facing elimination.

Adelaide United head to Japan knowing that victory against Gamba Osaka would eliminate the J-League side and potentially guarantee the Reds a place in the round of 16.

Having started their Group H with successive defeats - including a 3-0 loss at home to Gamba, Adelaide have picked up four points from the last two games as they drew 3-3 at home to Jeju United before winning 3-1 on the road in Korea.

Those two results have blown Group H wide open with Adelaide now second in the standings behind the already qualified Jiangsu Sainty with the Chinese Super League side having won all four games.

Behind the top two, Jeju United are also on four points but are third due to their head-to-head record against the Reds, while Gamba are a point further back and prop up the standings.

Adelaide head to Osaka knowing that a win would dump Gamba out and potentially put the A-League champions through should Jiangju, who they face on the final matchday, defeat Jeju United. 

Gamba's AFC Champions League form may have dipped since beating Adelaide, but they do head into Tuesday's clash on the back of a 6-0 victory over Omiya Ardija in the J-League at the weekend.

With Adelaide travelling with three key men - the suspended trio Dylan McGowan, Taylor Regan and Riley McGree, this looks an ideal opportunity for Gamba to get their campaign back on track.

The J-League side can repeat their victory over Adelaide in the 2008 AFC Champions League final and take the qualification race to the final matchday.

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  • Gamba Osaka defeated Adelaide United in the 2008 AFC Champions League final
  • An Adelaide win and a Jiangsu Sainty victory over Jeju United would see the Reds qualify
  • Since being defeated at home by Gamba, Adelaide have picked up four points but Osaka have picked up none

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Gamba Osaka v Adelaide United AFC Champions League Tips and Predictions - Can Reds eliminate Osaka?

Adelaide United and Gamba Osaka meet in a crucial AFC Champions League Group H showdown at Suita City Football Stadium on Tuesday with the hosts facing elimination.

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