The 2017 Football Federation Australia Cup has reached the semi-final stage and only 4 teams remain in the competition. The tournament has been running since February, with preliminary rounds before the competition proper began in June, with 32 teams in the draw, including those from the Hyundai A League. The first semi-final of the 2017 FFA Cup will takes place between Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United at the Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney. Both teams have started the A League season well, so we should be in for a very exciting match.
Australia FFA Cup – Sydney, Australien – Spotless Stadium – Tuesday 24th October 2017 – 09:30 UK Time
Western Sydney Wanderers
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Western Sydney Wanderers have made a solid start to their 2017/18 A League campaign and picked up an excellent point in a 2-2 draw at defending champions, Sydney FC on the weekend. That was their second draw in a row this season, following their 2-2 home draw with Central Coast Mariners. The win on the opening day of the league season at home to Perth Glory means they are undefeated going into this match. Western Sydney Wanderers have not had things all their own way in the FFA Cup however and have required extra-time and penalties in 2 of their 3 games to progress. They defeated Wellington Phoenix in extra-time in the Round of 32 and Blacktown City on penalties in the quarter-final.
Adelaide United joined Western Sydney Wanderers in picking up a point in the A League on the weekend thanks to a 2-2 draw at home to Melbourne Victory. They have an identical record in the A League to Western Sydney Wanderers having also drawn with Wellington Phoenix away from home and defeated Brisbane Roar 2-1 on the road. Adelaide United sit level on points and goal difference with Western Sydney Wanderers in the A League. Adelaide United’s path to the semi-final of the FFA Cup has been smoother than their opponents and they have won all three rounds in normal time. They have defeated Newcastle Jets, Melbourne Victory and Heidelberg United without conceding a goal to reach this stage of the tournament.
Western Sydney Wanderers will be without goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson and midfielder Steven Lustica for this game, who are both injured. They are expected to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Spanish striker Oriel Riera starting up-front. Adelaide United will be without two defenders for this game as Tarek Elrich and Taylor Regan are injured. They will start in a 4-3-3 formation, with George Blackwood playing between Nikola Mileusnic and Johan Absalonsen on the flanks.
Top Betting Tips
Although Adelaide United have kept a clean sheet in all three rounds of the FFA Cup this season, they have not carried that through to the A League and have scored and conceded goals in all 3 games. The same can be said for Western Sydney Wanderers and both teams to score is 4/6 at Ladbrokes. Both teams have also been involved in close matches this season in the A League, with two draws and a narrow victory for each team. It would not be a surprise to see this match end level after 90 minutes and the draw is 11/4 with Bet365. Vince Lia opened his A League account on the weekend, scoring both goals in Adelaide United’s draw with Melbourne Victory. Lia is 12/1 with Bet365 to score at any time.