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FFA Cup: Melbourne City Host Sydney FC at AAMI Park

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tim Cahill of Melbourne City and Bobo of Sydney FC are seen during the A-League 2016/17 Pre-Season Media Conference at AAMI Park on September 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
FFA Cup: Melbourne City Host Sydney FC at AAMI Park

For the second straight year, AAMI Park will host an FFA Cup final. John van’t Schip’s Melbourne City will host Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Nov. 30. Sydney FC defeated Frank Cachia’s Canberra Olympic 3-0 on Oct. 19 on goals from Sebastian Ryall (24′), Milos Dimitrijevic (65′) and Bernie Ibini-Isei (82′). Luke Brattan (9′) and Fernando Brandan (77′) continued their hot scoring form in a 2-0 shutout win over Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

 

“If we are going to bring competition to this league,” said City’s Tim Cahill. “We’ve got to compete. And for me this is what it’s about. And I’m proud for the boys and fans. I said to our boys, what they [Victory] did to Adelaide [in the A-League last Saturday] they went there and were very physical and changed the way they played against us. We watched the game and knew that was going to happen tonight. But we can’t just lay there because “Muzzy’s” [Kevin Muscat] is the coach and let them kick us.

“You’ve got to stand up. There are two big clubs in this city and two big wins in 10 days and the respect’s there now. I said to the boys, all these hashtags, #thisisourcity, well it is tonight. And it will be coming soon so a bit of respect coming our way now.”

“Credit to Canberra Olympic they made it difficult for us. Getting players in behind the ball and playing on the counter,” said Arnold of Canberra’s display. “And as you saw, they were dangerous on the counter. The longer it was 1-0 and they stayed in the game they kept on fighting. The occasion was good for Canberra football and they should be very, very proud of their performance. It was a great night for Canberra… but it’s great for us to be in the final.”

Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the 2016 FFA Cup Final between Sydney FC and Melbourne City.

  • Sebastian Ryall will score for Sydney FC.
  • Milos Dimitrijevic will score for Sydney FC.
  • Bernie Ibini-Isei will score for Sydney FC.
  • Luke Brattan will score for Melbourne City.
  • Fernando Brandan will score for Melbourne City.
  • Dejan Bouzanis will make at least four saves.
  • Danny Vukovic will make at least four saves.
  • At least six cards will be issued.
  • At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
  • A goal will be scored in the first 15 minutes.

Sydney FC 3, Melbourne City 2

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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