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|FFA Cup Final 2019|
|Venue: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Adelaide United||vs||Melbourne City|
|6||Shots on target||2|
The first piece of silverware in the top-level Australian football season goes on the line this evening when Adelaide United and Melbourne City fight it out in the final of the FFA Cup. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Defending champions Adelaide may not have started the A-League season with their best foot forward, but they are the cup specialists.
After beating Sydney FC in the final last year, they line up in their fifth final, and third in a row, chasing a third championship, having won their first back in 2014.
Home ground advantage for the final will help as well, with the Reds going past A-League opposition in each of their last two games, beating the Newcastle Jets 1-0 at home, and the Central Coast Mariners 2-1 on the road.
Despite that, they have stumbled through the opening weeks of the A-League season and will need major improvement from their midfield if they are to give Riley McGree chances up front.
Adelaide only lost to City 2-1 in their Round 2 A-League clash, and while City have hardly been at their best either, having to settle for a draw in the woeful Melbourne derby during the opening round of the A-League season, positive signs were there in the clash against Adelaide, from which they will take plenty of confidence as they line up against the same opposition.
The real battle here may be stopping Jamie Maclaren, who has simply been on fire throughout the FFA Cup, inspiring his side to a come from behind victory last time out over NPL side the Brisbane Strikers.
The City forward, who has formed a lethal partnership up front with new signing Craig Noone, however, few goalkeepers could put up a better case to stop them on paper than the classy Paul Izzo.
But, it won’t matter if Adelaide can’t contain the City midfield, which includes Joshua Brillante, and often has classy touches from the back through the likes of Harrison Delbridge.
The other factor to note heading into this game however, is the short turnaround from the weekend, which could show one side up at the end of the contest if fitness isn’t where it needs to be.
City should be too classy here, following up their win on the weekend with another to take their first FFA Cup title.
Adelaide 1 – Melbourne 3.
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Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
TV: Live, Fox Sports
Online: Live, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports, My Football App
Betting: Adelaide United $2.40, Melbourne City $2.60
Referee: Alex King
Adelaide United (squad)
1. Daniel Margush (Gk), 2. Michael Marrone, 4. Ryan Strain, 5. Michael Maria, 6. Vince Lia, 7. Ryan Kitto, 8. Riley Mcgree, 11. Kristian Opseth, 14. George Blackwood, 16. Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17. Nikola Mileusnic, 18. Lachlan Brook, 20. Paul Izzo (Gk), 22. Michael Jakobsen, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 26. Benjamin Halloran, 27. Louis D’arrigo, 29. Kusini Yengi, 30. Isaac Richards (Gk), 31. Mirko Boland, 32. Carlo Armiento, 35. Al Hassan Toure
Melbourne United (squad)
1. Thomas Glover (Gk), 2. Scott Galloway, 3. Scott Jamieson, 4. Harrison Delbridge, 6. Joshua Brillante, 7. Rostyn Griffiths, 8. Marcelo Javier Cabrera Rivero, 11. Craig Noone, 13. Nathaniel Atkinson, 17. Denis Genreau, 19. Lachlan Wales, 20. Adrian Nicolas Luna Retamar, 21. Ramy Najjarine, 22. Curtis Good, 23. Dean Bouzanis (Gk), 29. Jamie Maclaren, 30. Moudi Najjar, 34. Connor Metcalfe, 35. Raphael Borges Rodrigues, 37. Gianluca Iannucci, 40. Richard Windbichler, 42. Ahmad Taleb (Gk)