FFA Cup preview: Palm Beach Sharks v Western Sydney Wanderers

The Sharks have shown they are Queensland's FFA Cup Kings and are just 90 minutes away from another quarter-final appearance. But the Asian Kings’ new squad is gelling nicely, and rightly so the Wanderers are favourites against Grae Piddock’s semi pros from the Coast.

Palm Beach SC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina (QLD)

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Alan Milliner

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now

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Palm Beach SC squad: 1.Shane VIITAKANGAS (gk), 2.Matthew JONES, 3.Jason CAMPBELL, 4.Tim JACKSON, 5.Martin VAZQUEZ, 6.Lochlan REUS, 7.Justyn McKAY, 8.Florian MATK, 9.Rees DUNCAN, 10.Adam ENDEAN,11.Nikola MIRKOVIC, 12.Nikki FELIZATTO, 13.Joshua RIIS, 14.Ethan GRIMLEY, 15.Eoghan MURPHY, 16.Jack BOXELL, 17.Kristian REES, 18.Roman HOFMANN, 19.John COSTELLO, 20.Andrew PURNELL-WEBB (gk), 21.Ben LITFIN

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Romeo CASTELEN, 8.Dimas DELGADO, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 11.Brendan SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.Alberto AGUILAR, 19.Mark BRIDGE (c), 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 32.Daniel ALESSI, 33.Josh MACDONALD, 36.Liam YOULLEY

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

Home side the Sharks are back at Cbus for another major FFA Cup challenge, this time against the champions of Asia, Western Sydney Wanderers.

The PS4 Queensland NPL club survived a penalty shootout in the last round, knocking out the highly-fancied Victorian outfit South Melbourne in the process at the same, eye-catching venue.

Palm Beach young gun targets A-League

Grae Piddick has shown he is a coach that has his side brilliantly organised and prepared. In some ways, he’s similar to Tony Popovic.

Expect the home side to again be resolute at the back to try frustrate the Wanderers. And with a postponed game on the weekend, they could be just that bit fresher. And they’ll need it.

After avoiding another embarrassing opening round Cup exit this year by beating Brisbane Roar, Tony Popovic’s side will now feel they can go deep into this year’s edition.

Their remodeled squad is building nicely and their imports are getting more acquainted to Popovic’s style, their new team-mates and Australian conditions.

It will take something special for the Sharks to get past the A-League powerhouse. You can be sure they will give it everything and more…but will it be enough?

WHAT THEY SAY

Eoghan Murphy (Palm Beach Sharks player)

“We’re all buzzing. This is what the Cup is about, drawing a big team playing in a stadium and causing an upset. It's what we do best. Every match is tough when it comes to the FFA Cup it doesn't matter who you face.”

Tony Popovic (Western Sydney Wanderers coach)

“It’s a big game. To have this [the FFA Cup] helps, having a target during pre-season and we’re all really looking forward to the game. The preparation this week has shown that the message about not taking this game too lightly has been heeded. On paper we should win but football doesn’t work that way and we need to be at our best to go through.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PALM BEACH SHARKS

League: PS4 NPL Queensland

Current ladder position: Fifth in PS4 NPL Queensland

Latest result:  League game versus Brisbane City postponed due to weather

Who to watch out for: Justyn McKay

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS FC

League: Hyundai A-League

Current ladder position: Finished ninth in the A-League last season

Latest result: Won 3-0 against Canberra FC

Who to watch out for: GolGol Mebrahtu

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