The second semi-final of the Australian FFA Cup will see Western Sydney Wanderers take on Adelaide United at Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney.
The match will be played on the 24th October, with the winner going through to contest the final against either South Melbourne or Sydney FC on the 21st November.In contrast to the first semi-final, which includes a team from the National Premier League, both Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United are playing in the Australian top-flight. This is new territory for Western Sydney Wanderers who have never reached the semi-final of this competition before in their history.
Adelaide United on the other hand know what it takes to win this cup having done so in 2014 when they defeated Perth Glory 1-0 in the final. Has Adelaide United got what it takes to win this match and reach the final once again? Find out reading our Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs Adelaide United Predictions below.
Western Sydney Wanderers start this match as the favourites with the bookmakers and are priced at 1.80 with Bet365 to win the match and progress to the final.
They finished 6th in the A League last season, while Adelaide United, the champions of the season before, were down in 9th following a very disappointing campaign. There was a clear 13-point gap between the teams last season and if they were to perform at the same level again in this campaign, you would have to fancy Western Sydney Wanderers to come out on top.
Furthermore, Western Sydney Wanderers have only lost once in their last 8 meetings with Adelaide United, giving them the psychological advantage.
Adelaide United must overcome their recent setbacks if they are to win this match and it would be a huge boost to them at the start of the season if they could win the game. Adelaide United are 3.60 with Bet365 to win the match and the draw is on offer at 3.50.
Interestingly, five of the last seven meetings between these teams has ended in a draw. The games were in the A League but it gives an indication this match may be closer than the odds suggest.
Three of those draws were 0-0 and you can get 12.00 with Bet365 for this match to end 0-0 after 90 minutes. If the match does end level, it will go into extra-time and Bet365 offer for the match to need an extra 30 minutes.
Oriol Riera has been the man scoring the goals for Western Sydney Wanderers in the FFA Cup this season and he has four to his name. The Spanish forward will be keen to add to his tally in this match and is the most likely player to make the breakthrough. Riera is with Bet365 to score the first goal of the game.
Adelaide United are likely to start in a 4-3-3 formation with Johan Absalonsen, George Blackwood and Nikola Mileusnic hoping to start in the forward positions. Western Sydney Wanderers like to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation with Oriol Riera up-front receiving support from Roly Bonevacia in midfield.
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