FFA Cup Preview: Massive matchday two in the Round of 32

July 31st, 2018

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Six teams are through and Wednesday night will decide the fate of another eight sides when the FFA Cup returns with a blockbuster second matchday.

While the first week was all about the Member Federation clubs, there’s three Hyundai A-League club making an appearance this week and some big names across the board.

 

HEIDELBERG UNITED v CHARLESTOWN CITY BLUES

One of only two all-NPL clashes on the FFA Cup’s second matchday, this one sees one side take a 10-and-a-half-hour road trip south.

It’s certainly a tough assignment too, with Heidelberg United currently sat comfortably atop the NPL Victoria standings and hoping to make it consecutive premierships.

Their first place finish last season means they didn’t have the task of playing qualifiers for this year’s Round of 32, which could be a factor as to why they’re flying so high.

In one of the country’s strongest NPL competitions, Heidelberg is almost making it look easy. They’ve scored the most goals and conceded the least of any in the division, and with the likes of Tom Cahill and Adrian Zahra it will be a big ask.

Charlestown recruited strongly at the beginning of their NPL Northern NSW season, but a slew of injuries has seen them go on a miserable run of form and slip out of the league’s top four.

Their big name signing for the season was former Hyundai A-League and Socceroos man Ljubo Milicevic, but also recently announcing his retirement over social media last week, won’t be making an appearance.

It’s Charlestown’s first ever time on the national stage, and they’ll be hoping they can match their Northern NSW counterparts Broadmeadow Magic and go one step further. It is a huge ask against one of the country’s strongest member federation clubs.

 

Matchday Two other matches:

Rockdale City Suns vs. Sydney FC

Cairns FC vs. Armadale

Adelaide United vs. Central Coast Mariners

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