Westfield FFA Cup preview: Blacktown v Wanderers

Western Sydney derby, sell-out crowd and a real David v Goliath contest. Wednesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup quarter final between Blacktown City and Western Sydney Wanderers should be a ripper.

Here's all you need to know about this clash which epitomises the magic of the Cup!

When and where

Wednesday September 20

Lily's Football Stadium


7.30pm kick-off

How they got there

Blacktown City started their Cup run with a 6-0 victory over Kirrawee Kangaroos, followed by wins against Lokomotiv Cove FC (2-0), Mt Druitt Town Rangers SC (2-1) and Bulli FC (3-0) to reach the round of 32.

City then claimed a major scalp, beating Hyundai A-League side Central Coast Mariners 3-2 before reaching the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Apia Leichhardt Tigers, with former WSW striker Joey Gibbs grabbing braces in both ties.

A late Oriol Riera goal gave Western Sydney a 1-0 extra-time win over Wellington Phoenix in the round of 32.

The Spaniard was on the scoresheet again in the round of 16 as the Wanderers eased part Bentleigh Greens 4-0.

Recent form

Blacktown City had a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix ten days ago with the prolific Gibbs again providing both goals.

On the same day, Western Sydney had a 2-0 win over Moreton Bay United with Riera and Brendon Santalab on the scoresheet.

What they said

Joey Gibbs, Blacktown City striker

“The Wanderers are a good team and they'll be strong but it was a perfect preparation knocking off the Mariners.

“It fills us with confidence and it's not blind confidence, it’s proven confidence so we'll be going into the game knowing it's possible.”

Tony Popovic, WSW coach

“They've had good success in this competition.

“They’re playing at home and they will be excited and they will want to try and get an A-League scalp.

“It's up to us to perform well, we know it will be a difficult game but we are also expected to win – that's a mindset we have to go down with.”