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Goal.com logo Goal.com 14-03-2017

Adelaide United versus Jeju United could become an aerial battle according to Reds defender Taylor Regan, as the A-League champions look to get on the board in the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The Reds have lost their opening two games in the 2017 ACL, scoring one goal and conceding five to sit bottom of Group H, and Regan has predicted another tough test on Wednesday night when Adelaide host Jeju.

The K League club are second in Group H with a win and a loss.

Taylor Regan, Adelaide United

When analysing the upcoming fixture at Coopers Stadium, Regan claimed both Adelaide and Jeju's attack will be centred around aerial crosses, which should mean a busy night for the 28-year-old and his central defensive partner Dylan McGowan.

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"We've done our research on them and they've got some big boys," Regan, who signed a two-year contract extension over the weekend, told reporters on Tuesday.

"So we've got to stop their service to the strikers in the air.

"They're going to get chances to cross the ball and that's my task and Dylan's task to put them off."

Cho Sung-hwan, Jeju United

Of the eight goals Jeju have scored in all competitions so far this season, five have come from aerial crosses.

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Jeju's coach Cho Sung-hwan likes to play a 3-5-2 formation with Brazilian striker Marcelo Toscano - who stands at 1.84 metres tall as a target man - while centre-backs Oh Ban-suk (1.89m), Kim Won-il (1.85m) and Cho Yong-hyung (1.82m) also provide a threat at set-pieces.

Frederic Mendy, Jeju United

Frederic Mendy - a striker from Guinea Bissau - and Australian defender Aleksandar Jovanovic, who have been used as substitutes so far this season, both stand over 1.90m.

But Regan reckons Adelaide can also challenge Jeju in the air and has backed Senegalese forward Baba Diawara to open his account with the Reds.

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"We've to take some risk a 0-0 draw or a 1-1 draw is no good for us, we need three points," Regan said.

"So we go out there and we try and move the ball quick and we try and get the ball into opportunities and areas where Baba and players like this can get on the end of it.

"He's really good in the air so if we can utilise that and then get our creative players around him I think we go a long way to getting the chocolates."

Adelaide haven't played since March 4 due to the A-League's split round and Reds coach Guillermo Amor declared that longer break has resulted in a week of "fantastic" training.

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