The Definitive Preview For The FFA Cup Quarter-Finals, Part 2

Yes, the longest title in Statscrunch history continues. A bit disappointed that Melbourne Victory won, but that means that there’s going to be at least one Victorian team in the final! #vicpride

Anyway, here’s our preview for the two games: Heidelberg United v Melbourne City and Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers.

Heidelberg United v Melbourne City FC

Position in their competition

  • Heidelberg: 3rd in National Premier Leagues Victoria (division 2), lost in quarter-finals
  • City: 5th in A-League (division 1), lost in semi-finals

Previous games

  • Heidelberg: d Broadmeadow Magic 3:1, d Sydney United 58 2:0
  • City: d Edgeworth FC 2:1, d Wellington Phoenix 5:1

2014 FFA Cup

  • Heidelberg: failed to qualify, lost in fourth round of Victorian competition
  • City: round of 32

Match preview

Well…did either of us see these clubs making it this far? Heidelberg United have had a dominant season in the Victorian Premier League, finishing 3rd, while City made it to the semi-finals. However, Heidelberg failed to make the 2014 FFA Cup, while City lost in the round of 32. After it took Aaron Mooy heroics to get them past Edgeworth, people thought City’s hopes were dashed completely. Since then, both teams have rallied, and now sit on the edge of making a semi-final.

Without a doubt, forward line power is going to be one of the deciding factors of this game, with City scoring 7 goals and Heidelberg 5 in the two matches so far. City will rely on Aaron Mooy, Robbie Koren, and David Williams to send in the goals. Heidelberg, on the other hand, may not have such recognisable names, but they can certainly score goals.

However, if you look back over the history of the FFA Cup, only one member federation team has succesfully beaten an A-League side, and that was Adelaide City over a Western Sydney Wanderers side, who, to be frank, had better things to do. I think that streak should continue. City 3:1.

Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers

Position in their competition

  • Glory: 3rd in A-League 7th in A-League (stripped of finals place due to salary cap violation)
  • Wanderers: 9th in A-League, missed finals

Previous games

  • Glory: d Newcastle Jets 2:2 (4:3 on penalties), d Queensland Lions 1:0 (aet)
  • Wanderers: d Brisbane Roar 1:0, d Palm Beach 2:0

2014 FFA Cup

  • Glory: runners up
  • Wanderers: round of 32

Previous meeting

A-League Round 27

April 25, 2015

Perth Glory 2 (Maclaren 17, Keogh 66) d Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Youlley 53)

Parramatta Stadium

Match preview

The second all-A-League battle of the quarter-finals, and the one that’s going to be looked forward to the least. (Well, the other was Victory v Adelaide). Perth has had an extremely unconvincing run through to the quarter-finals, as the winner has been scored after the 115th minute in both games. Western Sydney, on the other hand, has been playing extremely well, taking out Brisbane Roar in the first round and cruising past Palm Beach in the second.

However, Perth’s win was amazing, considering that their goalkeeper was red carded in the 7th minute of the game. Nick Feely will need to do an extremely good job in Jerrad Tyson’s place, considering that Western Sydney does have some attacking skill in the likes of Golgol Mebrahtu, among others.

All told, it’s going to be hard for Perth Glory to win this, and I’m going with Wanderers 2:0.


 

So, how did I go last week with my predictions?

This is going to be the greatest game in FFA Cup history, no denying it. However, I just think that Melbourne Victory’s attacking experience will be enough to give them the tiniest of edges. Victory win on penalties (2:2 after extra time).

The result was right, but not much else throughout. I’ll give myself half a point.

They do say that defence wins premierships, but defence is useless if you don’t have the scoring capabilities. For that matter, I think that the winners will be Hume 2:1.

Again, the winners, and the margin right this time. 1 point.

I’m actually pretty good at tipping the FFA Cup.

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