FFA Cup: Quarter Finals

FA Cup odds

Blacktown City v Sydney FC
If the traditional Sydney derby between Sydney FC and the Wanderers is anything to go by the crowd will be both noisy and passionate for this one. Blacktown City are right in the heart of Western Sydney and you can be sure that the reception given to the Sky Blues will hostile to say the least. Blacktown have made it to the quarters on the back of some very impressive results. They were involved in the most memorable match of the tournament this season – a 6-2 win over Sydney United 58, with 4 goals coming in extra time after the scores were locked at 2-2. Antelmi was the star with a hat trick while former A-League regular Mitch Malia also got his name on the score sheet. Sydney FC have surprised The Wolf with how they have looked but Graham Arnold’s intentions to build from the back have definitely worked thus far. The additions of Wilkinson and Zullo have paid immediate dividends as they have maintained clean sheets in both their wins to date. The Sky Blues will control the tempo in this one and Blacktown will not have what it takes to score multiple goals. Sydney will play a very controlled tempo early on and will look to prevent Blacktown from playing on the counter by starving them of possession. Dimitrijevic and Ninkovic were brilliant against Perth and will again dominate in the middle of the park. Sydney FC 2-0.
Best: Teams To Score Sydney FC Only ($2.20)
Value: Correct Score Sydney FC 2-0 ($8.50) 

Melbourne City v Western Sydney
Silverware is something that both of these teams have been starved of. Despite winning the Premiers Plate and AFC Champions League the Wanderers have lost 3 of the last 4 A-League Grand Finals. For City they have finished no better than 4th and were knocked out in the semi’s of this competition last year. Last season promised so much for City and the loss of Aaron Mooy will only make things more difficult. They have managed to keep the league’s top scorer Bruno Fornaroli and have added Socceroo Tim Cahill but it is unknown how much game time the Socceroo will get. The Wanderers have also added some fire power to their squad with the return of Kerem Bulut who was outstanding in his first stint with the club. End to end action has been the theme in their recent meetings with 6 of the last 7 encounters producing at least 3 goals, including a 7 goals thriller last time out. Both sides have conceded against much weaker opponents on their way to the quarters and The Wolf expects that trend to continue.
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.53)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($2.70)