The fixture details for the 16 matches to be played in the Round of 32 of the 2018 FFA Cup have been confirmed with three blockbuster nights of games to look forward to in Australia’s premier knockout competition.
It all gets underway on Wednesday, July 25 with six huge clashes right around the country.
We break down some of the key matches on the opening night of the 2018 FFA Cup.
MATCH OF THE NIGHT – Avondale FC v Marconi Stallions
The featured match on Fox Sports pits the Victorian NPL high-flyers at home against the former NSL giants Marconi from the NSW NPL.
Avondale qualified for the Round of 32 for the very first time and will have a big home crowd behind them at ABD Stadium.
Both outfits are packed with talent and will fancy their chances of going deep into the competition.
While FFA Cup specialist Liam Boland is the name that jumps out at you in the Avondale lineup, there’s more to their side than the prolific frontman.
English striker Kaine Sheppard is enjoying a strong season in Victoria, while Elvis Kamsoba is one that will catch the eye.
But Marconi is a club enjoying a resurgence of their own, back in the top-tier in NSW a couple of seasons in the NPL2.
Their squad is packed with plenty of Hyundai A-League experience, including the likes of Mateo Poljak, Michael Beauchamp, Marko Jesic and Marc Warren.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON - Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Hakoah Sydney City East
There should be plenty of spice to this all-NSW NPL affair at the Bonnyrigg Sports Ground.
Something always happens when these two meet and it should be another cracking battle as they look to make the most of their chance on the national stage.
It will be the second meeting between the two sides in less than a month after a six-goal thriller in the NSW Waratah Cup semi-finals last week.
Hakoah came out on top in that one to reach the decider for a second straight year, doing all the damage in dominant first 30 minutes.
Gavin Rae’s troops were 3-0 up by that time, thanks to goals from the in-form Anthony Frangie, an own-goal by David Vrankovic and a strike fromKiwi international Andre De Jong.
Bonnyrigg hit back with two goals through Tynan Diaz and Vrankovic before Amaury Gauthier made the result safe after the break.
Can’t wait to see what these two dish up in Sydney’s west!
The other week one fixtures:
- Port Melbourne Sharks v APIA Leichhardt – JL Murphhy Reserve
- Gwelup Croatia v Adelaide Comets – Dorrien Gardens
- Canberra FC v Broadmeadow Magic – Deakin Stadium
- Lions FC v Olympic FC – Lions Stadium
As well as broadcasting one match Live and Exclusive in full on each match night, FOX SPORTS will also LIVE stream and provide updates and crosses to all other matches in the FFA Cup 2018 Round of 32 (see www.foxsports.com.au for all broadcast and streaming details).
Ticketing information for each of the FFA Cup 2018 Round of 32 matches will be released in due course by each home club. Please visit www.theffacup.com.au for further details.