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2015 FFA Cup Matchday Two Preview

FFACup_GenericAfter the excitement of last weeks opening matchday in the FFA Cup, another eight sides are champing at the bit to make their mark on the 2015 edition of the competition.

Each club has worked their way through their neighbouring rivals to earn their place in the Round of 32, to be broadcasted live and exclusive on FOX Sports from 7.30pm AEST as well as streamed live online on foxsports.com.au or via the Fox Sports Now app on Apple TV.

Intriguingly Matchday Two and Three of the Round of 32 feature over two days, featuring eight quality match-up’s including four A-League teams.

Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory however are first up on Matchday Two and both will be facing unknowns in NSW opposition, with Edgeworth proving to be the last Northern NSW side alive in the competition and with true motive to fight on for the hunter region.

Form can count for nothing as the losing sides will be knocked out of the FFA Cup competition, with extra-time and penalties a definite if your side can only muster to draw after 90 minutes.

Balmain Tigers v Melbourne Victory

The Breakdown: Much like Hakoah Sydney City East last year, the Balmain Tigers qualify from the third tier of Australian football and host a true powerhouse in the form of Melbourne Victory, who did the double last season in the A-League. It’s a true David v Goliath moment in the FFA Cup to be completely honest and it will be intriguing to see how this one will play out. Expect Melbourne Victory to bring their full contingent of stars with them, led by none other than Besart Berisha.

How they got there: Balmain qualified with a win over Western NSW Mariners, whilst Melbourne qualified for Pot A by virtue of being an A-League semi-finallist in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Balmain Tigers – DNP; Melbourne Victory – Quarter Finals.

Edgeworth FC v Melbourne City

The Breakdown: Northern NSW will host A-League opposition again this year, with Melbourne City looking to atone for their poor performance in last year’s competition. Edgeworth will be making their first appearance in the Cup, however, and could prove to be a challenge for the Melburnians. In last years competition, City were forced up against A-League opposition, so expect an attacking complement of Gameiro and co. to be licking their lips in anticipation.

How they got there: Edgeworth qualified after defeating Adamstown Rosebud, whilst Melbourne City qualified for Pot A by virtue of being an A-League semi-finallist in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Edgeworth – DNP; Melbourne City – Round of 32.

Gungahlin United v Sydney Olympic

The Breakdown: Football returns to the capitol for the straight successive FFA Cup campaign as league newcomers Gungahlin United host NPL NSW1 heavyweights Sydney Olympic. With a strong away support, expect the game to be vocal as both sides will believe they have claim to the cup. In Howard Fosdyke, Nik Tsattlios and Tolgay Ozbey, the visitors also come with ex-A-League credentials in their starting lineup. The weather will play a huge part in the match up with negative temperatures recorded in Gungahlin over the past week.

How they got there: Gungahlin beat Belconnen 1-0 in the Federation Cup to qualify whilst Sydney FC overcame South Coast Wolves 3-0 to enter the draw.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Gungahlin United – DNP; Sydney Olympic – Round of 16.

Sydney United 58 FC vs South Hobart

The Breakdown: These two sides will reignite a rivalry from two years prior as the 2013 NPL grand finalists face off at Edensor Park. Despite the home side boasting such talent as former NYL player of the year Panni Nikas, South Hobart are not a side to be trifled with, as the side has proven time and time again to be the dominant force in Tasmanian football and is itching to make it’s mark on the national landscape. Red and White beware.

How they got there: Sydney United beat fifth tier Prospect United 5-0 to qualify whist South Hobart were equally as dominant, snaring a 4-0 win over Kingborough Lions to ensure qualification.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Sydney United 58 FC – Round of 16; South Hobart – 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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