A David and Goliath battle faces Victorian NPL club Hume City when they take on A-League champions Melbourne Victory in the semi-final of the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.
No NPL team has triumphed over an A-League side in the competition this year so it’s no surprise the bookmakers have Victory at unbeatable odds to progress to the FFA Cup final.
Hume failed in their bid to lure a football superstar for a one-off appearance in the crunch match.
Former player and now Hume coach Lou Acevski is under no illusion about the monumental task that awaits his men at AAMI Park.
“Don’t get me wrong I would love to win this game and progress to the final,” Acevski said. “But I know it’s going to be a very, very tough game in playing the champions of Australia – we are going to be playing a very good footballing team.
“They are hot favourites and we’re the minnows so to speak and you know hopefully there will be people barracking for the underdogs and hopefully we can cause an upset.
“In saying that, like I’ve said to my boys, as long as we go to AAMI stadium and give it all we’ve got – that’s all I can ask of my team. “
Hume City and Melbourne Victory are familiar foes as both teams took part in a friendly game in early September this year.
The Broadmeadows-based club led the game 3-2 but Victory came back to win 4-3 scoring two late goals in injury time.
Acevski sees that earlier clash as a barometer of where his team needs to aspire to if Hume City is to be competitive in the semi-final.
“It’s not going to be a complete mystery to us playing Melbourne Victory because we played that game,” he said.
“We know a lot about them and they know a lot about us. We know that it will be extremely difficult for us on the day.
“But there is one thing that we can guarantee is that we will give 100% on the day. Those practice games have given us an indication of the required level we need to be at.”
Out-of-season Hume will also have to overcome Victory’s superior fitness, with coach Kevin Muscat’s men three weeks into their A-League campaign.
“Obviously Melbourne Victory are at a good time as their season is just commencing and we’re a good four to five weeks after our season has been completed,” Acevski said.
“In saying that, we’ve upped the training program at our club – we’ve gone to four days per week just to maintain and hopefully improve our condition and allow us to play at a better intensity because we know it is going to be a high intensity game when we play the Victory.
“At the same time, there is positivity – as my boys are fresh. They’ve got their bodies right or as good as can be leading up to this game.”
The winner of the semi-final will face Perth Glory in the FFA Cup Final on November 7.comments