Adelaide City
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Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Western Sydney Wanderers


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Adelaide City v Western Sydney Wanderers FC


Venue: Marden Sports Complex, Marden, Adelaide

KO: 7.30pm (local) 8pm AEST

Marden is set to rock as the national gaze will again be on Adelaide City.

The former NSL champions are relishing their chance in the spotlight and won’t be daunted about the task of facing a Hyundai A-League club.

Despite a 1-0 defeat to Campbelltown City on the weekend, City boss Damien Mori will ensure his troops are ready to spring an upset against the Wanderers.

Nick Bucco is Adelaide’s main man while it will be a special clash for youngster Matthew Mullen, who is the cousin of Wanderers defender Daniel.

For the Wanderers, this is the first of a huge couple of weeks for the club with an ACL quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande to follow.

But they can’t afford to take their eye off this clash, meaning Wanderers boss Tony Popovic will probably put out his strongest possible line-up.

While defender Matthew Spiranovic is missing through injury, striker Tomi Juric will be buoyed following his goal for the Foxtel A-League All Stars on Sunday night against Juventus.

Can he score again against a team in black and white?

New signings Romeo Castelen and Vitor Saba are also expected to get some game time and will be two players City must stop if they are to topple the A-League giants.

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Former NSL club Adelaide City have caused a massive boilover in the Westfield FFA Cup after downing Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0.

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Love in ecstasy after winning goal over Wanderers

Adelaide City hero Thomas Love has described scoring the goal which knocked Western Sydney Wanderers FC out of the Westfield FFA Cup as one of the happiest moments of his life.

Love’s sublime solo goal produced the first major shock of the Cup as Damien Mori’s NPL boys dumped out the Hyundai A-League heavyweights.

An end-to-end match was settled 15 minutes from time when Love beat five Wanderers defenders on a blistering run before finishing past Ante Covic.

City held on over the closing stages to pull off the upset and spark emotional scenes at Marden Sports Complex.

“It’s one of the happiest moments of my life,” an ecstatic Love told

“I was stoked, absolutely stoked. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.

“Basically I just saw the space and ran for it. I was planning to pass it off for Costa but I saw the opportunity so I thought I might as well take it.”

After disposing of one of the Cup favourites, City will be confident of going deep into the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup.

Love said the key to the win was following coach Mori’s instructions to the tee.

“The boys played spectacularly,” he said.

“We stuck to the game plan, everything that Damien told us to do before the game we stuck to it. We tried our best and thankfully we came out on top at the end of the day.

“I think we’ll be sore in the morning but we’re looking forward to the next round and hopefully we can do just as well in the next round as we did tonight.”

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