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Monday, 22 September 2014
Remaining Quarterfinal Spots Up For Grabs
Last week an impressive 14 goals were scored across four
games, which will still have many of the goalkeepers waking up in a cold sweat.
Here’s a quick synopsis of the clubs most likely to join the
Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Adelaide City and Bentleigh Greens
in the pot for the all-important quarterfinal draw.
St Albans Saints (Vic) v Perth Glory (WA)
Kenny Lowe’s Perth Glory side have experienced a massive
changing of the guard over the off-season, and so far the form has been mixed
in pre-season results. The big question is how long before new combinations
take to gel and will the heavy burden of away days again impact on a squad
filled with promise? In the meantime a victory over the Saints will be the sole
focus of the group charged with building a new culture of success following on
from the disappointment of no finals football last season.
Tip: Perth Glory H2H (Pick the score; 2-1 for value)
Sydney United (NSW) v Sydney FC (NSW)
This will be the battle of 'Harbour City' and has the
makings of a great Sydney stoush. There is plenty of expectation on Sydney FC,
with experienced manager Graham Arnold installed at the helm. Arnold will
square off against an impressive Mark Rudan coached Sydney United side, and
plenty of passionate fans will ensure a great atmosphere for the FoxSports LIVE
telecast game. As Sydney FC’s short price indicates, they should win and win
well, but Arnold knows that simply turning up won’t guarantee their survival in
Tip: Sydney FC H2H
Adelaide United (SA) v Brisbane Roar (Qld)
This is probably the most anticipated clash of the Round
with current A-League Premiers and Champions Brisbane Roar looking to add
another trophy to their impressive record. Both sides will be keen to flex
their muscle ahead of their Round 1 A-League fixture at Suncorp Stadium on
October 12. Pocket rocket Henrique has been in startling pre-season form and is
a handy option if you’re looking to invest in the first goal scorer market.
Tip: Brisbane Roar H2H
Palm Beach Sharks (Qld) v South Springvale (Vic)
The recently crowned NPL (Qld) Premiers, Palm Beach Sharks,
have been the consistent performers all season and should have too much “Prince
Charming” class for the “Cinderella” third tier amateur Victorian outfit of
South Springvale. The impossible is always possible in ‘Cup’ football, but
based on current form, the Sharks might smell the blood in the water and call
‘last drinks’ on the only true Pub team left in the FFA Cup competition.