South Melbourne vs Sydney FC: FFA Cup semi-final live scores, blog

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    South Melbourne and Sydney FC meet at Lakeside Stadium in the first semi-final of the FFA Cup. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm (AEDT).

    After a miraculous run through the rounds, particularly the qualifying match for the round of thirty-two, where four late goals saw them eclipse Dandenong City, South Melbourne arrive at the doorstep of history, hoping to become the first non A-League team to compete in an FFA Cup final.

    If they are able to pull off another surprise and move on, they will have to find a way to pick apart the current A-League Champions. That’s something nobody has been able to do with any confidence or consistency over the last twelve months.

    With a sell-out of eight thousand people expected, the Victorians will have plenty of local support and their squad has sprinkles of real goal scoring potential which could provide threats to the stoic Sydney defence.

    Sydney come off a tough Saturday night big blue and will need to recover well in order to match the enthusiasm and adrenaline that South Melbourne will surely bring.

    From a style perspective, there is no doubt that Sydney will stick to what they do best and allow South Melbourne uncontested possession if they choose to patiently build from the back. When the home team do decide to venture forward, Sydney will frantically close the space in the hope of a quick turnover.

    When Sydney FC take possession, they will use their mid-field talents to try to breakdown the South Melbourne defence that has conceded frequently through the campaign.

    Prediction
    While the fairy-tale looms ominously for the visitors and a few injuries stretch their resources, Sydney FC will find a way to sneak past South Melbourne in a match that could prove closer than some might think.

    Sydney 2-0.

    Catch all the action on The Roar from 7.20pm (AEDT).

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.