The 2015 FFA Cup has reached the round of 32 and the entry point for the A-League clubs. Balmain Tigers have been handed a dream draw, with A-League champions Melbourne Victory making the journey to Leichhardt Oval on Tuesday night.
This fixture is exactly the kind football fans have been craving, with the potential for giant-killing acts reminiscent of the historic FA Cup in England. The Tigers are the lowest ranked team left in the FFA Cup, currently sitting mid-table in the third tier of the NSW leagues, while Victory are preparing for a season that will see them competing in the Asian Champions League.
Adelaide City showed last year that upsets can happen with their shock defeat of Western Sydney Wanderers. The format of the competition also allows one of the state league sides to emulate Bentleigh Greens and make it all the way to the semi-finals.
The Tigers have been in great form in the early rounds of the FFA Cup. In their four previous matches they have scored 16 goals and conceded just one. Their hopes of an upset have been boosted by the news that key Victory players Archie Thompson, Matthieu Delpierre and Carl Valeri will miss the game.
It’s always a great occasion when Sydney and Melbourne clubs face each other, and many of the Tigers players have made no secret of their connections with Victory’s bitter rivals Sydney FC. Expect to see plenty of The Cove taking their place behind the goals at Leichhardt Oval.
Tuesday 4th August, Leichhardt Oval 19:30
Balmain Tigers FC v Melbourne Victory
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