The Definitive Preview For The FFA Cup Round of 16, Part 1

Tonight is a crucial moment for 8 clubs.

For Adelaide United, they need to go on and defend their FFA Cup Title.

For Perth Glory, they are trying to go one better than their final defeat last year.

For Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix, they’ve both gone further than ever before. One of them will step forward, and it’ll be City.

Sydney FC will be going to gain revenge on Adelaide United for losing in the quarter-final, while Sydney United 58 will try and enter Bentleigh Greens territory. Their opponents are Heidelberg United, also looking to do that.

And then there’s the Queensland Lions, who need to bring out the giant-killing spirit of Adelaide City.

Four matches.

Four teams whose hopes will be destroyed.

Four teams whose story will go on.

Four games to go until the title.

Adelaide United v Sydney FC

Position in their competition

  • Adelaide United: 3rd in A-League, lost in semi-final
  • Sydney FC: 2nd in A-League, lost in final

Previous games

  • Adelaide United: d Darwin Olympic 6-1
  • Sydney FC: d Sorrento FC 2-0

2014 FFA Cup

  • Adelaide United: Champions
  • Sydney FC: Quarter-finals

Last time they met

May 9 2015, Sydney Football Stadium

A-League Semi-Finals

Sydney FC 4 (Ibini-Isei 19, Brosque 45+1, 47, Naumoff 90) d Adelaide United 1 (Goodwin 74)

Match preview

This is the first of two A-League final rematches, and the game looks to be a thriller. Sydney had the advantage in the A-League semi-final, but when these two teams met in the 2014 Cup, Adelaide took the honours.

Adelaide put six past Darwin Olympic in the round of 32, and any team with Sergio Cirio, Bruce Djite, and James Jeggo will surely be a goal scoring force. But, then again, Alex Brosque, Shane Smeltz, and Chris Naumoff can smash it into the net.

I reckon that the match will come down to the goalkeeping, and Eugene Galekovic is probably better than Vedran Janjetovic, if only on experience. Adelaide 4:3 in extra time.

Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix

Position in their competition

  • Melbourne City: 5th in A-League, lost in semi-finals
  • Wellington Phoenix: 4th in A-League, lost in elimination finals

Previous games

  • Melbourne City: d Edgeworth FC 2-1
  • Wellington Phoenix: d Central Coast Mariners 1-0

2014 FFA Cup

  • Melbourne City: Round of 32
  • Wellington Phoenix: Round of 32

Last time they met

May 3 2015, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

A-League Elimination Finals

Melbourne City 2 (Kennedy 61, Moss 72 og) d Wellington Phoenix 0

Match preview

Wellington, that unfortunate team who can’t make the FIFA Club World Cup ever, has to travel across the ditch to play an unconvincing Melbourne City side.

Wellington played well in defeating the Mariners in the round of 32, while Melbourne City was unconvincing and very lucky in beating Edgeworth, whose eagle mascot almost succeeded in putting off Aaron Mooy. He failed, as Mooy unleashed a stunning free kick to win the game for City.

Mooy is, without a doubt, the X-factor in this game. Alas, Melbourne City doesn’t have enough to support him, and his efforts will be in vain (although, frankly I don’t see why Wellington are allowed to play in our competition. The league is called Football Federation Australia.) Wellington 2:1.

Heidelberg United v Sydney United 58

Position in their competition

  • Heidelberg United: 3rd in Victorian Premier League (Division 2*), play Pascoe Vale in semi-final
  • Sydney United 58: 7th in NPL New South Wales (Division 2), failed to make finals

Previous games

  • Heidelberg United: d Broadmeadow Magic 3:1
  • Sydney United 58: d South Hobart 3:3 (3:1 on penalties)

2014 FFA Cup

  • Heidelberg United: failed to qualify (fourth round of Victorian qualification)
  • Sydney United 58: Round of 16

Match preview

Victoria v New South Wales, a battle for domestic soccer glory. Sydney United 58 are on the FFA Cup block for the second time, but it took them penalties to defeat South Hobart. Meanwhile, Heidelberg cruised past Broadmeadow Magic, slotting in three goals to leave other teams in no doubt that they’d be able to mix it with the best of them. In fact, I’m going with Heidelberg 2:0.

Queensland Lions v Perth Glory

Position in their competition

  • Queensland Lions: Currently 1st in Brisbane Premier League (Division 3)
  • Perth Glory: 3rd 7th in A-League (disqualified due to salary cap breach), missed finals

Previous games

  • Queensland Lions: d Croydon Kings 2:1
  • Perth Glory: d Newcastle Jets 2:2 (4:3 on penalties)

2014 FFA Cup

  • Queensland Lions: failed to qualify (last round of Queensland qualification)
  • Perth Glory: Runners-up

Match preview

The Queensland Lions, the little minnows of the FFA Cup, take on the mighty Perth Glory. It would be completely unreasonable to believe that Phil Zabaks will be able to keep people like Sidnei and Nebojsa Marinkovic under control. Perth was, however, unconvincing against Newcastle, requiring penalties to make it through. Despite that, I’m tipping a riot. Perth 4:0.

So there we have it. Four epic games, all ready for glory to be won and lost in them.

I can’t wait.

*Division 2 overall. The A-League is division 1, Division 2 is the top division for each state, and so on.


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