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Back to Reality: FFA Cup Preview

  • Back to Reality: FFA Cup Preview

After the hype and excitement the A-League All Stars tie with Juventus brought, itís time to get back to reality.

The FFA Cup continues on Tuesday evening and, while Adelaide United arenít playing, they will be surely keeping an eye on the matches to be played.

No doubt Josep Gombau, much-lauded for his performance in coaching the All Stars, will already be back to business and plotting his teamís advancement deep into the tournament.

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Gombau missed his teamís win against Wellington in the Round of 32 due to his All Stars commitments, of course, so no doubt he will be champing at the bit for his first taste of FFA Cup competition.

If thereís one thing the United coach has in spades, itís enthusiasm for the game

Eight teams will face off tonight, with the Reds a possibility to face any of the four that will go through as there next opponents following the Round of 16 draw on August 21.

Of particular interest to South Australian football lovers will be Adelaide Cityís tie with Western Sydney Wanderers at Marden Sports Complex, the same venue the Reds won through against the Phoenix.

City will expect to face a strong Wandererís line-up, with an ACL quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande looming for Tony Popovichís side meaning his troops will be out to hone their game.

City boss Damien Mori was never overawed as a player and will sure to be instilling that same confidence in his men.

Letís hope so, as the possibility of an Adelaide derby in the next round would be one to savour.

Melbourne City will also play Sydney FC in Ballarat in what will be the first competitive outing for the newly re-branded glamour club of the A-League.

Much is expected of them in the coming season, so there will be a great deal of scrutiny on how they perform.

The same can be said of Sydney FC, with new coach Graham Arnold taking the reins for the first time in a competitive match for this club.

We all know Arnoldís pedigree and he will be expected to deliver immediately, so expect no holding back in this one.

With quality international signings for both clubís expected to play a part, expect a high standard of football.

In the other matches, Blacktown City host Bentleigh Greens while Sydney United will take on FNQ Heat, with both games being played in Sydney.

It is a feature of the FFA Cup to be able to see the next tier clubs in Australia perform in the spotlight, especially those that we remember from the days of the old NSL.

It is an inclusive competition that can only be good for the growth of the game in this country, both for allowing exposure to those clubs but also the potential of unearthing players that otherwise donít have a stage to perform on.

While the Reds arenít involved in any of the action on Tuesday evening, what happens may directly affect them come the next round, so itís worth keeping an eye on those results.

I know I will be.

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