FFA Cup Final: 5 things to look forward to

Melbourne City will be looking to secure their second FFA Cup trophy when they take on Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday 23 October. Ahead of the clash, we take a look at the five things we’re looking forward to.

A chance to create Club history

Melbourne City will be eager to secure their second piece of silverware in the Men’s game when the team travels to South Australia to take on the Reds at Coopers Stadium.

It’s set to be an intriguing battle between two teams who have become very familiar with playing each other in recent times. Not only are City and Adelaide familiar with playing against one another, but they’ve also become used to playing in important FFA Cup games.

Adelaide United are the current champions and the only team to have won two FFA Cup trophies. With City’s first FFA Cup trophy coming in 2016, Erick Mombaerts’ squad will be looking to equal Adelaide’s feat when the two sides go head-to-head.

Twice in four days

Just four days after defeating Adelaide United 2-1 at AAMI Park in Round 2 of the 2019/20 season, City are set to take on the same opponent on Wednesday night as both teams battle it out for the FFA Cup 2019 trophy.

After taking on the Reds on multiple occasions in the pre-season as well as their Round 2 encounter, Erick Mombaerts’ men have become very familiar with their South Australian rivals.

Mombaerts has revealed that he’ll have some extra tricks up his sleeve, with the real battle coming up at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday.

Red-hot form

Jamie Maclaren continued his incredible run of form on the weekend, netting a brace against Adelaide and steering his side to victory in his first league appearance of the 2019/20 season.

Maclaren’s FFA Cup form has been second to none, with the Socceroos striker scoring six goals in four games.

His potency inside the 18-yard box has been unrelenting and there is no doubt that Adelaide’s defence will be kept on their toes and he looks to lead his side to lifting silverware.

Enemy territory

There’s nothing quite like the challenge of a cup final on enemy territory.

Coopers Stadium will be in full voice as the team in City blue looks to thrive under the pressure of the final and silencing the home fans. With three of City’s four games leading into the final on the road, the team has relished the opportunity to win away from home.

It’s a big challenge, but it’s a challenge City are up for!

An opportunity to kick-off the season 

Wednesday night’s FFA Cup Final gives City an opportunity to kick-off the 2019/20 season in the best way possible.

A strong pre-season and cup campaign has led to this moment and now a strong performance stands between City and cup success.

As the team prepares for an important season ahead under new Head Coach Erick Mombaerts, there would be no better way to propel the side for the upcoming league campaign.