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2015 FFA Cup Matchday Four Preview

FFACup_GenericIt’s the final matchday for the Round of 32 and it’s make or break time for the remaining six A-League sides in the competition.

Pairing off against each other, these six sides face a do-or-die battle for a place in the round of 16, and a chance at replenishing their long awaiting trophy cabinets.

Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers

The Breakdown: Both sides had FFA Cup’s to forget last year, with Western Sydney, in particular, having a disappointing outing in the round of 32 when they were knocked out by South Australian representatives Adelaide City. The Wanderers lost a pre-season match to the Mariners on Friday, so they’ll be looking to bounce back from that result as soon as possible. The last clash between these two sides was a one-sided affair, with Western Sydney running away with a big 4-1 win at Suncorp Stadium.

How they got there: Both sides were in Pot B, reserved for A-League clubs who missed the semi-finals in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Brisbane Roar – Round of 16; Western Sydney Wanderers – Round of 32.

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix

The Breakdown: Whilst the Mariners made it to the semi-finals of last year’s competition, they were handed arguably the easiest of draws against NPL competition, whilst Wellington were knocked out early by Adelaide United. This year, both sides will look to gain the ascendency early on amidst a strong Round of 32. The Mariners had a promising pre-season win over Western Sydney on Friday, so they’ll be looking to bring that form with them to this clash. The Phoenix will be without their only pre-season signing, with Blake Powell cup-tied to APIA Leichhardt.

How they got there: Both sides were in Pot B, reserved for A-League clubs who missed the semi-finals in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Central Coast Mariners – Semi Finals; Wellington Phoenix – Round of 32.

Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory

The Breakdown: In a rematch of their Round of 32 clash from last year’s FFA Cup, the Jets will be looking to reverse the result against a Glory side that’ll be looking to prove the doubters wrong. Perth hold the ascendancy over the Jets, having defeated them in each of their last three match-ups. Magic Park in Broadmeadow will host this match — the third Round of 32 clash it has hosted in this iteration of the Cup.

How they got there: Both sides were in Pot B, reserved for A-League clubs who missed the semi-finals in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Newcastle Jets – Round of 32; Perth Glory – Runners Up.

Oakleigh Cannons v FNQ Heat

The Breakdown: It’s Victoria versus Queensland in the final ‘heat’ of the Round of 32 — no pun intended! Arthur Papas takes the reins for Oakleigh, while Far North Queensland are led (on the field) by former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Alex Smith. FNQ will be looking to improve on their 4-1 defeat to Sydney United in last year’s Round of 32, while Oakleigh will be looking to become the fourth club from Victoria to make it through to this year’s Round of 16 group.

How they got there: Oakleigh defeated one of last year’s fairytale qualifiers South Springvale 2-1 to qualify, while FNQ Heat beat third-tier side Frenchville FC 7-1 to book their spot.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Oakleigh Cannons – Did Not Qualify; FNQ Heat – Round of 32.

About the author

avatarKris is a freelance sports journalist, a two-time WA media guild award winner, and podcast host and writer for Ultimate A-League.

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