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FFA Cup Round of 16: Match Day 2 Preview

Tue, Aug 28, 9:18am by Head Editor

The Round of 16 of the FFA Cup continues on Wednesday night, when eight teams attempt to qualify for the quarter finals.

Melbourne City are $1.72 favourites to defeat the Newcastle Jets in the night’s only all A-League encounter at AAMI Park.

Ernie Merrick’s side may be outsiders but considering they scored the second most goals in the A-League last season, behind Sydney FC, the $4 may represent value.

Striker Roy O’Donovan will miss the clash due to suspension but Ronald Vargas is back from injury and his partnership with Socceroo Dimitri Petratos will go a long way to deciding this fixture.

City scraped through to the Round of 16 with an extra time win over Brisbane Roar when Bruno Fornaroli found the back of the net in the 120th minute.

The match will also see Riley McGree take the pitch against his former side for the first time. The 19-year-old made International headlines in this very fixture last season, when a spectacular scorpion kick goal saw the Jets eliminate City at the semi-final stage of the A-League finals.

Western Sydney Wanderers survived a massive scare against Hellenic Athletic, who fought back to level the score twice in their epic Round of 32 contest, before the red and black eventually prevailed 4-3 thanks to a double from Oriol Riera.

Riera and his team are at the shortest price of the night, with just $1.10 on offer for Markus Babbel’s outfit to progress to the final eight at the expense of the Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

The Eagles are coming off one of their most disappointing performances of the New South Wales National Premier League season, a 5-1 loss to Manly United.

A much tighter match is expected when Heidelberg United travel west to take on the Adelaide Comets at Adelaide Shores Football Centre.

The Comets sit fourth on the South Australian NPL table but will have to raise their game against a United side who have a great record in this competition, having reached the quarterfinals in both 2015 and 2017.

Heidelberg are $1.57 to reach the last eight for the third time in four years while the hosts are out at $4.

Lions FC are $6 outsiders to beat A-League club Adelaide United, who aren’t expected to have too many problems at $1.36 but as we saw in the opening Round of 16 match day, anything is possible in Australia’s premier knockout competition.

Suggested Bet: Heidelberg United and Melbourne City to win: $2.70

Sportsbet Markets
Adelaide Comets $4 Draw $4.50 Heidelberg United $1.57
Lions FC $6 Draw $4.50 Adelaide United $1.36
Bonnyrigg White Eagles $15 Draw $8 Western Sydney Wanderers $1.10
Melbourne City $1.72 Draw $3.50 Newcastle Jets $4

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