No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address you certify that you are over 18, agree with our Terms & Conditions and indicate your consent to receiving email messages from us.

Perth Glory v Melbourne City FFA Cup Semi-Finals Team News and Preview: Glory aiming for second FFA Cup final

Andrew Hendrie 21 Oct 2015
  • Glory and City collide in FFA Cup semi-finals
  • Both sides coming off last-start A-League defeats
  • Perth aiming for second FFA Cup final
Perth Glory host Melbourne City in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

Perth Glory are gunning for their second consecutive appearance in the FFA Cup final when they take on Melbourne City in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Glory secured their spot in the final four with a penalty shootout triumph over the Wanderers, while City were far too strong for Heidelberg United in their quarter-final clash.

The game will be played at nib Stadium in Perth with kick off scheduled for 9.30pm AEDT (6.30pm local time). It will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia, with live streaming coverage also available online.



Match Preview

Both these sides are aiming to bounce back from last-start defeats in the A-League in this all-important FFA Cup semi-final clash, with Perth going down at home to Wellington and City falling to a heartbreaking final-minute loss to Melbourne Victory.

We may just be two years into the competition, but Perth are proving to be FFA Cup specialists. With their final loss to Adelaide still hurting from 2014, they are looking to go one step further this year.

They’ve advanced through to the semi-finals in challenging fashion, needing penalty shootouts to overcome the Newcastle Jets and Wanderers, while they had to play almost 120 minutes with 10 men against Brisbane Lions FC.

While Glory have had to dig deep and scrape the bottom of the barrel for their victories, it’s been a completely different story for City.

John van’t Schip’s troops have cruised into the final four, scoring 12 goals in their three matches so far - including five each against the Wellington Phoenix and Heidelberg.

The one thing that could prove City’s undoing in this contest is their extensive casualty ward, which includes the likes of Aaron Hughes, Ivan Franjic, Corey Gamiero, Harry Novillo, Robert Koren, Michael Zullo and James Brown.

“We’ve got to back ourselves against anyone,” City’s Socceroos star Aaron Mooy said. “Perth is a strong side and made the final last year but we’ve got to take out the best if we want to be the best.”

This will be a classic cup affair with both teams backing up from disappointing losses on the weekend. One team will go home disappointed again, while the other will book their spot in the decider. Despite their injury woes, City are looking the better team at present for me. I’m backing them to come up trumps and secure an all-Victoria final, most likely against bitter rivals Victory.

Perth Glory Squad

1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2.Alex Grant, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ, 21.Stefan VALENTINI, 23.Michael THWAITE

Melbourne City Squad

1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 8.Aaron MOOY, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 17.Wade DEKKER, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO, 25.Jacob MELLING, 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 34.Stefan ZINNI, 36. Matt MILLER



NSW BOOKIES Australia

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Perth Glory v Melbourne City FFA Cup Semi-Finals Team News and Preview: Glory aiming for second FFA Cup final

Perth Glory are gunning for their second consecutive appearance in the FFA Cup final when they take on Melbourne City in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages