Preview: Melbourne City FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Melbourne City FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Wednesday 21 September 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Brennan
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans
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Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now
Radio Broadcast: Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM and online
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas Sorensen (gk), 2.Manny Muscat, 3.Josh Rose, 4.Connor Chapman, 6.Osama Malik, 8.Neil Kilkenny, 11.Bruce Kamau, 12.Nick Fitzgerald, 14.Daniel Arzani, 17.Tim Cahill, 18.Paulo Retre, 20.Dean Bouzanis (gk), 21.Ruon Tongyik, 22.Michael Jakobsen, 23.Bruno Fornaroli, 26.Luke Brattan, 28.Steve Kuzmanovski, 29.Anthony Caceres, 27.Fernando Brandan, 34.Denis Genreau, 36.Austin Wong, 35.Bradley Clarke, 30.Connor Metcalfe, 37.Yusuf Ahmed, 38.Jordon Hall
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jerrad Tyson (gk), 2.Shannon Cole, 4.Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5.Brendan Hamill, 6.Mitch Nichols, 7.Steven Lustica, 8.Dimas Delgado, 9.Kerem Bulut, 10.Nicolás Martinez, 11.Brendon Santalab, 12.Scott Neville, 13.Bruno Piñtares, 14.Jumpei Kusukami, 15.Kearyn Baccus, 16.Jaushua Sotirio, 17.Aritz Borda, 18.Robert Cornthwaite, 19.Jacob Melling, 20.Andrew Redmayne (gk), 21.Jonathan Aspropotamitis
Two of the favourites for the upcoming Hyundai A-League campaign get a chance to land an early psychological blow as well as take a giant stride towards the season’s first piece of silverware.
Add some star power with Tim Cahill and two attack-minded sides and we have a spicy contest to look forward to at AAMI Park.
City has been more workmanlike than wonderful in the Westfield FFA Cup so far, grinding out back-to-back 2-1 wins over Floreat Athena and Brisbane Strikers to make the last eight.
John van ‘t Schip’s side will need to go to a new level to beat the Wanderers.
But City has shown over the last 18 months that when they do click, they are almost unstoppable.
Any side with Cahill, Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan and Anthony Caceres ensure they have the firepower to put any team to the sword.
The unknown remains just how – and if - JVS decides to use Cahill and Fornaroli together in attack.
A youthful City were on the end of a 4-0 drubbing by the Newcastle Jets in a pre-season friendly on Sunday but it will be a very different XI which takes the field on Wednesday night.
The Wanderers embarked on a nine-day tour of Japan to prepare for this clash and the season, as coach Tony Popovic tries to integrate his new faces into his side as quickly as possible.
The early signs have been encouraging with some impressive friendly performances to go with their goal sprees in the Cup so far.
Eight goals in their two previous matches (beating Wellington Phoenix and Edgeworth Eagles) re-enforced the Wanderers will again be one of the teams to watch in 2016/17.
They love to get the ball on the deck and pace through their opponents and the pristine surface at AAMI Park should be to their liking.
With so many options at his disposal, particularly in the front third, it will be interesting to see who Popovic uses from the start.
The exciting additions of Kerem Bulut, Nicolas Martinez and Jumpei Kusukami are a huge bonus for the side and their potential inclusions for this clash will only add to what should be a wonderful match.
It’s difficult to pick a winner but with the likelihood of goals, drama and star talent, you won’t want to miss it.