FFA Cup Round of 32 Matchday 1 Preview

Finally, professional football is back on the Australian calendar.

Tonight will see 8 NPL clubs face off in the first match day of the FFA Cup.

South Melbourne v Edgeworth Eagles – 8pm

The kick off match, and the one featured on Fox Sports tonight will be South Melbourne hosting Edgeworth Eagles at Lakeside stadium.

This will be Edgeworths 3rd straight cup appearance, featuring in the 2015 competition losing 2-1 to Melbourne City in the Round of 32 and in 2016 where they lost 5-1 to Western Sydney Wanderers in the round of 16.

It will be the second attempt at the cup for South Melbourne, last featuring in 2015 losing 8-7 on penalties to Palm Beach Sharks after a tightly contested 1-1 draw.

With South Melbourne’s aspirations of entering the A-League, they will be wanting to have a strong showing in the cup this year. If their current league performance is anything to go by, they will fancy their chances off knocking off cup veterans Edgeworth.

Edgeworth on the other hand will be relying on their cup experience, and hope a bit of luck goes their way as they battle the home field advantage and crowd that South Melbourne will have.

Hills United v Hakoah Sydney City East – 8pm

An all NSW NPL affair in this one, with NPL 2 side Hills United hosting NPL 1 side Hakoah.

After winning the Waratah Cup by defeating Sydney United in the final, Hakoah will be entering this game full of confidence that they will be able to make the next round. However, they have had a fairly average season in the NSW NPL, which may be a danger sign for the team.

Hills United, surprising many with making the round of 32 will be aiming to go one step further and qualify for the round of 16, with the aim of taking on an A-League club.

The question will be, who wants it more? Either way it is great for NSW, with a team from our state being guaranteed to the round of 16.

Bankstown Berries v Metrostars – 8pm

Many readers will know of the triumph that Bankstown Berries had over Sydney Olympic in round 7 of the preliminaries. Is it possible for them to continue on in the Round of 32 after being knocked out in the Waratah Cup?

The Berries have had a resurgence recently, lifting themselves off the bottom of the ladder, now in 7th and finals football in their sites.

Metrostars on the other hand are somewhat cup veterans, making their 3rd consecutive appearance. Their first entry was in 2015 when they won the NPL, giving them qualification into the round of 32 where they beat Blacktown City 2-1 before losing 1-0 to Oakleigh Cannons.

Bankstown Berries are no doubt playing the biggest game in their history, can they overcome the odds to make it one step further in the competition? Or will Metrostars form and experience send them through?

Sorrento v Canberra Olympic – 8.30pm

The last match today, kicking off half an hour later sees the WA side Sorrento host Canberra Olympic.

Sorrento are making their second cup appearance, previously qualifying in 2015 where they lost to Sydney FC 2-0.

Canberra are also making their second appearance after a successful cup run last year, where they made the semi final before losing to Sydney FC 3-0. This was after defeating Surfers Paradise, Redlands and Green Gully on their way.

However it may be a case of home field advantage, with Olympic having to make the long and difficult trip to Western Australia. Sorrento currently sit 4th in the WA NPL whereas Olympic are 6 points clear in the Capital.

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