FFA Cup preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar

Two former A-League grand final combatants from 2014 meet for a spot in the round of 16 in the 2015 Westfield FFA Cup. This could well be the pick of the night's four games with terrific quality across both squads.

MATCH DETAILS 

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Brisbane Roar FC

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Pepper Stadium, Penrith (NSW)

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Assistant Referee 1: James Tesoriero

Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Giev

Fourth Official: Adrian Arndt

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TV Broadcast: 7:00pm (AEST) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 505

Fields to Dream (Episode 3) 6.30pm AEST on FOX SPORTS 505

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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.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.Alberto AGUILAR, 18.Andreu GUERAO, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 32.Daniel ALESSI, 33.Josh MACDONALD, 36.Liam YOULLEY

Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Jerome POLENZ, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 15.James DONACHIE, 16.Devante CLUT, 17.Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 27.Mitchell HORE, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Patrick THEODORE, 38.Cameron CRESTANI, 39.Tomislav BILIC (gk), 40.Abrahim YANGO

PREVIEW

BLUFFER’S GUIDE 

John Aloisi’s first competitive game in charge of Roar pits him against good mate Tony Popovic and his new-look Wanderers. Given the fact these two sides also meet in the opening round of the Hyundai A-League in early October, this adds a little more spice to this Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash.

For Roar, it’s been a much more settled off-season – on the field at least – with the core of last year’s squad still at the club. Aloisi will hope that’s an advantage at this stage of their pre-season.

Their encouraging performance against Liverpool in July (and a win over Villareal six weeks earlier) should mean Roar will be full of confidence for a trip to Sydney’s west.

And expect midfielder Luke Brattan to play much higher up the park – Aloisi has stated this will be one of his first tactical changes.

At this stage of the competition last year Wanderers were embarrassingly sent packing from the FFA Cup by SA PS4 NPL club Adelaide City. 

But this is very much a new squad at Popovic’s disposal with a host of players leaving at the end of last season, with many fresh faces coming in including a trio of Spaniards.

How quickly Mitch Nichols, Scott Jamieson, Scott Neville, Jacob Pepper and others can settle, could determine which way this tie goes.

WHAT THEY SAY

Dean Bouzanis (Western Sydney Wanderers FC goalkeeper)

“The boss Poppa (coach Tony Popovic) he's massive on making sure every game we go out there with a winning mentality, a professional attitude and that we start well no matter if it's FFA Cup, A-League or a friendly.”

John Aloisi (Brisbane Roar coach)

"It is important that we get in these quality games because we are still working on the way we are playing and our fitness. We need to make sure that the players are sharp and understand exactly what we are asking them to do in terms of our playing style and structures.” 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS FC

·         League: Hyundai A-League

·         Current ladder position: Last season, ninth in the Hyundai A-League

·         Latest result: Lost 3-2 to Central Coast in a friendly

·         Who to watch out for: Mitch Nichols

BRISBANE ROAR FC

·      League: Hyundai A-League

·      Current ladder position: Last season, sixth in the Hyundai A-League

·      Latest result: Friendly: 2-1 loss to Liverpool FC

·      Who to watch out for: Devante Clut