United expecting tough contest

ADELAIDE United struggled to make an impact in the A-League last season, but the same could not be said of its performance in the AFC Champions League.

It has a three-point lead at the top of Group E and will have a chance to cement a place in the knockout round of 16 if it beats Uzbek club Bunyodkor in Adelaide tonight.

The teams first met this season when Adelaide made the long trip to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent in round one in March and won 2-1.

Bunyodkor was still in its pre-season then, however, and almost two months later Adelaide midfielder and recently crowned club champion Zenon Caravella said he was sure the reigning Uzbek league title-holder would be a more threatening adversary.

"They were a good side when we played them over there and we're expecting them to be an even tougher side (tonight)," he said. "They pass the ball around quite well, they've got some fast players on the wings and there are a lot of things that they do well, so we've just got to keep our discipline ... but we're feeling very confident."

Adelaide has reason to be confident after recording wins in its two other games at home, where it is also yet to concede a goal.

A-League champion Brisbane Roar will also be in action under new coach Rado Vidosic for the first time in Japan tonight when it tackles FC Tokyo. Anything but a win will mean elimination for the visitors.

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