The Definitive Preview for the FFA Cup Semi-Finals, Part 2

The Melbourne City v Perth Glory match went the way of the boys from the west, while the winner of this will become the first Melbourne team in the final. It’s time to preview Melbourne Victory v Hume City.

Melbourne Victory v Heidelberg United

Postition in their competition

  • Victory: 6th in A-League (Division 1). 2014: 1st in A-League, won final.
  • Hume: 5th in NPL Victoria (Division 2), lost in semi-finals.

Previous games

  • Victory: d Balmain Tigers 6:0, d Rockdale City Suns 3:2, d Adelaide United 3:1
  • Hume: d Brisbane Strikers 4:3 aet, d Sydney Olympic 3:1, d Oakleigh Cannons 3:2 aet

2014 FFA Cup

  • Victory: quarter-final
  • Hume: failed to qualify (lost in seventh round of Victorian qualification)

Last time they met

Friendly

September 9, 2015

Melbourne Victory 4 (Berisha 27, 90+2, Mahazi 33, Broxham 90) d Hume City 3 (Ingham 24, Jackson 62, Msahli 74)

ABD Stadium, Hume

Match preview

I’d have to say that Hume City have managed to get themselves into the biggest match of their lives. Up against the reigning A-League champions!

Two of their players have spent time in the A-League before. Marcus Schroen has previously been on Melbourne City’s list, and has scored in all three of Hume’s matches, while Theo Markelis is having a crack at his old club.

However, on the Melbourne Victory side of things: we’ve commented before that any lineup with Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Besart Berisha, and Kosta Barbarouses as their strikers will go far. These have all played international soccer (for Tunisia, Albania, and New Zealand, respectively), and could run rings around Hume’s defence.

In fact, Melbourne Victory have stars on every line. Gui Finkler, Carl Valeria, Leigh Broxham, Daniel Georgievski, Mattieu Delpierre, Connor Pain, and Archie Thompson. With all of these players, I doubt Hume City can come away with a win. Victory 3:0.

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