Melbourne Victory looks to progress to the FFA Cup quarter final for the fourth consecutive year on Wednesday night against Adelaide United.
Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory
Wednesday August 23, Marden Sports Complex
Streamed live on foxsports.com.au
Round of 32: defeated Brisbane Roar 5-1
It was an impressive start to the FFA Cup for Victory. A double from Besart Berisha took his tally to 12 goals in 13 appearances in the competition, with James Troisi, Mark Milligan and Mitch Austin also getting their names on the scoresheet.
Round of 32: defeated Newcastle Jets 1-0
In an even clash against fellow A-League opposition, Adelaide edged the Jets thanks to a Michael Marrone header on 63 minutes at Marden Sports Complex. It continued United’s impressive run at the venue this season, having not conceded a goal in three matches.
Since Victory and United won through to the Round of 16, they have each played a pre-season friendly against NPL opposition.
Victory defeated Oakleigh Cannons 5-2 at Jack Edwards Reserve, with the second half controlled by a youthful looking Melbourne XI. It was the third consecutive game Victory has put five on the scoreboard.
Matìas Sànchez was unveiled by Victory last week, with the Argentine arriving via Temperley, where he made 28 appearances.
Adelaide drew 1-1 with Campbelltown City in difficult conditions at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre after Baba Diawara’s 62nd minute equaliser.
United also added a new member to the squad, signing 32-year-old Algerian midfielder Karim Matmour.
“There’s a trophy up for grabs. As soon as any silverware is available, it’s something that we take seriously, it’s part of the DNA of the football club.
“On the flip side of things, in terms of arranging games and getting good games on good surfaces, it’s not easy to do at this time of year. It gives us another opportunity to get one of those, and then subsequently it’s an opportunity to get into the last eight of a competition.”