The A-League is just two weeks in, but the season’s first silverware is already up for grabs — the FFA Cup, Australia’s largest knockout tournament from any sport.
Tonight’s grand final pits two past winners of the cup in a blockbuster encounter at Coopers Stadium, home of the reigning champions Adelaide United.
In a rematch of the weekend’s A-League encounter, Adelaide are up against Melbourne City.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match, and you can follow the action in our live blog below!
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FFA Cup Grand Final
Who: Adelaide United v Melbourne City
When: Wednestday October 23, kick-off 7.30pm AEDT
Where: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
How to watch:
Fox Sports Channel 505 has live coverage beginning from 7.00pm AEDT.
Jamie Maclaren looms as the key figure in this blockbuster clash.
The Socceroos and Melbourne City star has scored a remarkable dozen goals in his last seven matches, finding the back of the net in every single match.
That includes six goals in their four FFA Cup matches this season — as well as both goals for Melbourne in their 2-1 win over Adelaide in their A-League encounter on the weekend.
Halting his run will be priority number one for Adelaide coach Gertjan Verbeek.
Adelaide United captain Michael Jakobsen said “We need to close him down.
“But not only him, they have a lot of good players so collectively we need to defend better.
“We have struggled a bit on set pieces the last two (league) games so we need to tighten up there first of all.
“And one of the goals he (Maclaren) got on Sunday was a bit too easy. He’s a player to watch, he’s in good form so we need to take care of him.”
Adelaide form guide:
Adelaide are into their fourth FFA Cup Final, more than any other team.
They also equal Sydney FC’s record of playing in three straight finals — after losing to Sydney in the 2017 Final, they beat Sydney in the 2018 edition.
Then, of course, no team has ever won back-to-back crowns.
Why they can win: Adelaide have a perfect FFA Cup record at home, winning all 10 matches — including two finals at Coopers Stadium (2016, 2018).
Melbourne City form guide:
City also have an FFA Cup title in their trophy cabinet — actually, the 2016 win over Sydney is the only trophy they’ve won so far.
They’ve won their past four away games in the FFA Cup, and of course they come into this match on the back of a strong showing against the hosts on the weekend.
Why they can win: Besides Jamie Maclaren, Craig Noone also scored four goals in four FFA Cup matches this campaign. There’s goals in this City side.