In a mouth-watering match-up, Victorian NPL1 powerhouses Hume City and South Melbourne have been drawn against each other in an FFA Cup preliminary round clash.
The draw for the fourth round of prelim games in Victoria was held last week, with the clash between the two former semi-finalists the standout fixture.
Victorian NPL clubs enter the draw at this stage and to have two massive clubs facing off so early in the competition is massive.
South Melbourne enjoyed a dream run in the FFA Cup in 2017, progressing all the way to the semi-finals, where they were beaten by eventual champions Sydney FC.
Hume have also enjoyed regular success in the competition, also making the last four in 2015 where they went down against Melbourne Victory.
But at least one of these two clubs won’t feature in the Round of 32 this year with their do-or-die encounter set down for Friday, March 30 at Hume’s ABD Stadium.
Some of the other key clashes in Victoria see Port Melbourne Sharks given a tough home assignment against fellow NPL 1 club Pascoe Vale FC.
Oakleigh Cannons and Bentleigh Greens will both fancy their chances of progressing, playing NPL2 outfits Eastern Lions and Box Hill United respectively.
Kingston City will take on Dandenong City in another intriguing tie, while NPL1 club Northcote City will travel for the clash against lower league Mazenod Victory FC.
NPL 2 club Brunswick City are warm favourites to progress after drawing State League 3 club FC Strathmore, while state league 1 clubs Yarraville, Western Suburbs, and Caulfield United Cobras have all drawn lower league opponents.
All the ties are set down for late March or early April.