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Palm Beach Sharks v Western Sydney Wanderers FFA Cup Live: Team News and Preview - Wanderers aim for first FFA Cup quarter-final

Andrew Hendrie 31 Aug 2015
  • The Wanderers take on the Palm Beach Sharks in the FFA Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday night
Mark Bridge of the Wanderers controls the ball next to James Donachie of the Roar

FFA Cup specialists the Palm Beach Sharks face arguably their biggest ever challenge when they play host to Asian champions the Western Sydney Wanderers in Round of 16 action on Tuesday night.

Palm Beach edged the highly-fancied South Melbourne on penalties to secure their spot in the last 16, while the Wanderers avoided another early FFA Cup exit by coming away with a 1-0 victory over the Brisbane Roar.

The game will be played at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast with kick off scheduled for 7.30pm AEST. It will be shown on Fox Sports in Australia, with live streaming coverage also available online.



Match Preview

The Sharks are back at Robina for another huge FFA Cup challenge, as the QLD semi-pro side aim for another quarter-final spot following last year’s last-eight finish.

Grae Piddick’s troops are a tough side to break down, as was illustrated through their triumph over South Melbourne last round. Palm Beach absorbed all of the pressure from South Melbourne and then took their opportunities in the ensuing penalty shootout.

Expect the Sharks to try and frustrate the Wanderers in this contest and try to snatch a sneaky goal on the counter.

Western Sydney meanwhile are starting to look good, as their heavily remodelled side prepares for the commencement of the new A-League season.

Tony Popovic’s side are gelling nicely and come into this encounter on the back of a 3-0 friendly triumph over Canberra FC.

Popovic has warned his side that they cannot afford to take the Sharks lightly if they want to advance into a first FFA Cup quarter-final.

“It’s a big game. To have this [the FFA Cup] helps, having a target during pre-season and we’re all really looking forward to the game,” he said. “The preparation this week has shown that the message about not taking this game too lightly has been heeded. On paper we should win but football doesn’t work that way and we need to be at our best to go through.”

The Sharks will fight hard and could frustrate the Wanderers early, but you have to believe the two-time A-League grand-finalists will find a way through the Palm Beach defence at some stage. It may be tight early, but back the Wanderers to come away comfortable winners in the end.

Palm Beach Sharks Squad:

1.Shane VIITAKANGAS (gk), 2.Matthew JONES, 3.Jason CAMPBELL, 4.Tim JACKSON, 5.Martin VAZQUEZ, 6.Lochlan REUS, 7.Justyn McKAY, 8.Florian MATK, 9.Rees DUNCAN, 10.Adam ENDEAN,11.Nikola MIRKOVIC, 12.Nikki FELIZATTO, 13.Joshua RIIS, 14.Ethan GRIMLEY, 15.Eoghan MURPHY, 16.Jack BOXELL, 17.Kristian REES, 18.Roman HOFMANN, 19.John COSTELLO, 20.Andrew PURNELL-WEBB (gk), 21.Ben LITFIN

Western Sydney Wanderers Squad:

1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Romeo CASTELEN, 8.Dimas DELGADO, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 11.Brendan SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.Alberto AGUILAR, 19.Mark BRIDGE (c), 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 32.Daniel ALESSI, 33.Josh MACDONALD, 36.Liam YOULLEY



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