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Victory to face Adelaide again

Melbourne Victory is going to face Adelaide United again in a grand final after Adelaide beat Queensland Roar in the Preliminary final.

Two years ago the two teams met at the Telstra Dome and the Victory overhauled Adelaide winning by six goals to nil.

This season the two teams have met five times and on every occasion Victory has won but to be fair four of those five matches were very tight.

In particular the match Melbourne won 3-2 at Hindmarsh was a tough encounter. Adelaide led at half-time but Melbourne managed to come back in the second half and win.

The other two matches in the league all finished 1-nil in favour of Melbourne.

I think it is in the finals series when Adelaide has been outclassed by Victory but Saturday's match will be a different and all that will count for nothing if Victory loses.

I will be at the match and I hope that it will be another win for Melbourne for Victory to be the first team to achieve the double twice.

But if Adelaide can defend well and sneak one goal and defend it then they can win the match and so I have to be a bit cautious because over the ninety minutes anything is possible.

Both Adelaide and Melbourne will represent Australia in next year's edition of the Asian Champions League and it should be good experience for both teams.

It will be Adelaide's third foray into the competition making them the most experienced A-League team in that competition.

I think the good thing is that two teams will qualify for the knockout phase and I think that will make the competition very interesting.

Back to the grand final, although I would like Victory to win, I am also hoping that it will not be a one-sided encounter and I hope the better team will win.

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