After sitting in the top two for most of the 2008/2009 period and making the finals of the Asian Champions League, the Reds have arguably had the best season of all clubs but are not favourites to win the championship due to their heavy match schedule in recent weeks.
"That's fine I guess it's better for us if they don't rate us in the finals," Dodd said.
"We know we're good enough to be there and do well, people said we wouldn't win against the Central Coast in the last game of the season and we went there and did a job, and I guess the same has been said about Melbourne, we haven't beaten them for awhile so we can get one over them in the first final.
"I think we've played some good football against them, especially here in Adelaide and we're confident we can do a job and definitely beat them.
"I think we can go out there and get a good home result. We're definitely going to have the support from the Adelaide public. They've been great all year and I'm sure this final is going to be no different," he added.
"Hopefully we can play well on the day, get a couple of goals and then go to the Telstra Dome and finish the leg off.
"There is going to be a lot of the squad breaking up this year so it would be fantastic to see this squad do well and go out with a championship."