The Definitive Preview for the FFA Cup Semi-Finals, Part 1

OK, before I get onto this, I have one thing to say:

HAPPY BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY!

For those of you who’ve been living at 123 Rock St., Back to the Future Part II was a movie released in November 1989 as a sequel to the original Back to the Future. It became a hit classic, featuring such predictions as flying cars, self-lacing Nike sneakers, and – most famously of all – hoverboards.

And now, for something Back to the Future failed to predict, the FFA cup semi-final between Melbourne City and Perth Glory.

Melbourne City v Perth Glory

Position in their competition

  • City: 8th in A-League (Division 1). 2014: 5th in A-League, lost in semi-finals.
  • Glory: 10th in A-League (Division 1). 2014: 3rd 7th in A-League, missed finals.

Previous games

  • City: d Edgeworth FC 2:1, d Wellington Phoenix 5:1, d Heidelberg United 5:0
  • Glory: d Newcastle Jets 2:2 (4:3 on penalties), d Queensland Lions 1:0 (aet), d Western Sydney Wanderers 1:1 (4:2 on penalties)

2014 FFA Cup

  • City: round of 32
  • Glory: runners-up

Last time they met

A-League Round 26

April 19, 2015

Perth Glory 3 (Maclaren 42, 65, 87) d Melbourne City 1 (Mooy 52)

nib Stadium, Perth

Match preview

Perth…how has Perth managed to get here?

They’ve never been ahead within the 90 minutes, has looked rather sloppy in their games, and should have been eliminated earlier. They’ve managed to continue on their FFA Cup run, however.

Melbourne City has been sizzling despite the early hiccup against Edgeworth. Since the round of 16 match against Wellington, they’ve scored 13 goals, with Aaron Mooy and Uruguayan Bruno Fornaroli both scoring four.

City will be relying on Fornaroli to provide some attacking power as the striker, with Aaron Mooy and the impressive youngster Stefan Mauk giving midfield assistance. Connor Chapman and Patrick Kisnorbo will be the last lines of defence, and Tando Velaphi is starting, with Thomas Sørenson on the bench (maybe to do a Tim Krul?).

Perth Glory, on the other hand, don’t have many recognisable names, bar Sidnei and Ante Covic. And with their patchy form, you’d think that maybe they’d be just about to leave this competition. I’m tipping Melbourne City 3:1.

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