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Roar don't fear fragile Adelaide: Mulvey

Coach Mike Mulvey says Brisbane Roar have no fear of a "fragile" Adelaide United in Saturday's season-shaping A-League clash.

Mulvey believes the Roar's top-shelf qualities are returning as they travel to Adelaide seeking to keep their title defence alive.

Brisbane enter the fixture in eighth place with five games remaining - all against clubs above them on a cluttered ladder.

"We have got three of them at home, so that should be to our advantage," Mulvey told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.

"But you can't look five games ahead. You have just got to look at this one on the weekend. It's very, very important.

"Adelaide are in the top three, they're pushing for top-two position and we're pushing for a top-six position.

"So it's all to play for."

Adelaide, winners just once in their past five outings, slipped to a 1-0 home loss to Brisbane on Boxing Day - Mulvey's first win as coach after replacing Rado Vidosic.

"You have to look at history sometimes and we have been to Adelaide this year and we beat them," Mulvey said.

"It's a tough place to go to. But they are a little bit fragile ... there is no reason why we can't go to Adelaide and win the game."

While Mulvey has been reappointed for another two seasons, the future of his Adelaide counterpart Michael Valkanis remains uncertain.

Ex-Roar coach Vidosic has been rumoured as a target of United, where his son Dario is a marquee player.

Valkanis, named caretaker coach when John Kosmina abruptly quit in late January, said winning the job wasn't on his mind as United's selection panel heighten their search ahead of a March 15 deadline for applications.

"At the moment, we have to really focus on our group of players and what we want to do this year," Valkanis told reporters in Adelaide on Friday.

"I'm not thinking about the panel or auditioning.

"I'm thinking about doing my job and making the environment the best possible for the players to do well."

Valkanis said his sole focus was getting his players to match the desperation of Brisbane in a match he said was a grand final for the Roar.

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