Monday, 15 December 2014
FFA Cup Final (Adelaide United v Perth Glory)
Adelaide United v Perth Glory
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Tuesday December 16
6:30pm (AEST) 2014
631 clubs from across the A-League and 22 qualified Federation members began the journey in April into the inaugural FFA Cup competition but only two remain. Fans have embraced the romantic nature of the mid-week Cup concept ensuring the competition has a very bright future.
Adelaide United’s path to the final has been challenging since the A-League clubs entered the competition in the Round of 32. Victories over Wellington Phoenix, Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC and Central Mariners has them as clear favourites as they host the final at Coopers Stadium. Perth Glory are flying high atop the A-League ladder and put aside the huge travel burden to qualify for the final after disposing of the Newcastle Jets, St Albans Saints SC, Melbourne Victory and the very popular Bentleigh Greens in suburban Melbourne in November.
Despite the advantage of a home ground sell-out, I give Perth Glory a realistic chance of taking the Cup back across the Nullarbor at good odds. Match winners Andy Keogh and set piece specialist Nebojsa Marinkovic will be hoping they can help find the net first over the “Red” hot Adelaide striker Sergio Cirio. Cup football often throws up classic finishes so the ‘Method Of Victory’ (Extra time and Penalty Shoot-out) is always good value as the game moves beyond the 90min mark.
My Tip: Perth Glory H2H
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James ‘Hamez’ Clark