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2015 FFA Cup Round of 16 Matchday One Preview

FFACup_GenericThere’s only 16 teams left in the FFA Cup and with two all A-League clashes on the first matchday, it will be intriguing to see which sides will progress and which sides will say sayonara to the competition proper.

There’s also the tantalising fixture at Olympic Village to look forward to as well as the ultimate giant killing opportunity for Lions FC as they take on the Glory.

It’s do or die, so which clubs will take the upper hand?

Lions FC v Perth Glory

The Breakdown: The Glory got out of jail with a penalty shootout win against the Jets on the last matchweek, whilst Lions FC surprised the lot of us with a sneaky win over South Australian champs Croydon Kings.

Arguably though, despite home ground advantage, Lions FC of the third tier of national football will have it all against them as a Glory outfit looking to make the final once more should easily account for the Oranje.

Possible X Factor:  Jerrad Tyson (Perth Glory) – Was unbeatable last week in goals against the Jets, three big saves in the penalty shootout saw the visitors sneak through.

Heidelberg United v Sydney United 58 FC

The Breakdown: If the previous round’s form is anything to go by, this match should be an absolute goal fest. Both sides hit the back of the net three times in their challenges in the round of 32, but it was arguably Sydney United who did it harder against a resolute South Hobart side.

Olympic Village, a unique stadium originally built for the ’56 olympics will host the match which will be the first time since 1993/94 that the two sides have faced each other on the national stage.

Possible X Factor:  Panni Nikas (Sydney United) – The midfielder and former A-League starlet was an enigma for Sydney United and they’ll be looking for another talismanic performance from him to snatch a quarter final berth.

Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix

The Breakdown: Both sides find themselves in new territory after making it to the round of 16 for the first time. The Phoenix will have it all to do with new signing Jeffrey Sarpong unlikely to play, and City boasting a strong line up.

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has however quashed rumours he’ll be playing it defensively, rather going for an attack minded approach.

Possible X Factor:  Aaron Mooy (Melb. City) – Single-handedly put City through against a stubborn Edgeworth side with two set pieces and was in amongst everything. One to watch.

Adelaide United v Sydney FC

The Breakdown: A repeat of last years quarter final, Adelaide will this time enjoy home turf on this occasion and will be looking for a solid win against their first A-League competition in the cup.

Sydney FC however will be no slouches and after disposing of Sorrento over west, will be looking to make it 2 from 2 against their western counterparts.

Possible X Factor: Mate Dugandzic (Adelaide United) – Now at his third club, Dugandzic has been looking to put injuries behind him and put in some solid performances. Scored against old club Melbourne City in a friendly, and will be tricky for the Sydney FC defence.

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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