2019 FFA Cup Final Preview

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IF Sunday’s A-League match between Melbourne City and Adelaide United at AAMI Park was anything to go by, we could be in for a cracking contest as they meet in the final of the FFA Cup at Hindmarsh on Wednesday night.

City won the match 2-1, mostly thanks to the effort of Socceroos striker Jamie McClaren’s two goals early in the first half. It felt as though City was is cruise control for the rest of the match.

However, the Reds found themselves right in the contest after Riley McGree managed to get one through the back of the net in the 68th minute.

Adelaide had their chance to equalize just after McGree’s strike but they missed the opportunity and City were able to maintain their lead and get the points.

If Adelaide United can build on the momentum of their second-half from Sunday’s match we could be in for a cracking final of the 2019 FFA Cup which is fast becoming one of the best tournaments of any sport in this country.

The Reds are hoping to become the first club to ever win back to back tournaments while Melbourne City is looking to win their second FFA Cup since they took the honours back in 2016.

Throughout the tournament, Adelaide United have played a very attacking, free-flowing and gritty style of play to book themselves a spot in the final.

It started with a dominant 5-2 win over VIC NPL side Melbourne Knights, a 3-2 thriller against QLD NPL side Olympic FC followed by 1-0 over the Jets in the Quarter Final and coming from behind against the Mariners in the Semis.

There hasn’t been a dull moment for Gertjan Verbeek’s men this tournament and I’d expect them to really put on a show for their adoring, loud and passionate home fans at a pumping and full Hindmarsh Stadium.

While Adelaide has ground out a berth in the final again, Melbourne City has also been quite impressive in the tournament.

Wins over NSW’s Campbelltown City, Marconi Stallions in the early part of the Cup, cruising past the West Sydney Wanderers in the quarter-final and a comfortable 5-1 win over the Brisbane Strikers make them a force to be reckoned with.

With Jamie McClaren back in the squad, he also happens to be the leading goalkicker of the FFA Cup in 2019 with six goals to his name.

City will be brimming with confidence heading to Adelaide but no team has managed to win the FFA Cup away from home in the past five years.

Expect a tight, match and I wouldn’t rule out extra time in a Cup final with Melbourne City spoiling the Adelaide United back-to-back party.

FFA CUP TIPS:
Match Result – Back Draw @ $3.30 (90 minutes)
Both Teams To Score – Back Yes @ $1.60
Correct Score – Back Draw 1-1 @ @ $ 6
To Lift Trophy – Back Melbourne City @ $1.90

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