Adelaide United will take on Sydney FC in a blockbuster all A-League FFA Cup quarter final Cup at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday evening in which both sides will fancy its chances.
The Reds have a win and a draw from the first two rounds of the league so far while the Sky Blues stirring comeback win against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening will no doubt have them in good spirits.
Both clubs FFA Cup form has also been high class, with United already having beaten fellow A-League clubs in Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar, while Sydney dispatched Melbourne City in the earlier rounds.
This will be an interesting contest as it is the first time either club will face a mid-week cup tie following weekend league action.
The Reds, having played out a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory on Friday, will be the fresher of the two sides but will have to travel for the match.
Sydney have had a day less to prepare and will also be relatively straight back into A-League action with its Round 3 fixture against the Roar in Brisbane on Friday night, while United face Perth Glory on Sunday.
[quote]Just how Josep Gombau and Graham Arnold manage their respective squads will be an acid test for both the depth of players at their disposal and also the standard at which both league and cup matches are played.[/quote]
Just how Josep Gombau and Graham Arnold manage their respective squads will be an acid test for both the depth of players at their disposal and also the standard at which both league and cup matches are played.
The pace and quality of the A-League matches so far in the 2014/15 season has been excellent, with the FFA Cup also producing some memorable football up to this point, so it will be a testament to the fitness and professionalism of the players if that standard can be maintained in an increasingly busy schedule.
It remains to be seen whether either coach will make major changes to the weekend run-on sides, but you would think at least one or two players who came off the bench on those matches might start on Tuesday.
Fabio Ferreira is definitely one for Adelaide that will be eager to show his wears after limited game time so far in the A-League.
Ferreira is a quality player with a proven ability to both set-up and score goals, and will no doubt present problems for the Sydney defence with his enthusiasm to prove a point should he start on the pitch.
Young gun Awer Mabil is back from international duty with the Young Socceroos and may also be called upon by Gombau to provide some spark for the Reds.
One thing is for sure, neither club will be taking the game lightly.
The prize of a semi-final spot and the chance to become the inaugural FFA Cup winners is one that has the players motivated to play at their highest level.
Thatís vitally important for the success of the competition because if the players arenít committed, the standard of football suffers and so does the interest from the football public.
Media reports suggest the players are keen and are up for the challenge of backing-up from weekend action.
Thatís music to the ears of football fans around the country.
Do you think the Reds can beat the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium?