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CountArach
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2018 FFA Cup Quarter Final - Preview

Avondale FC vs Sydney FC

ABD Stadium

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Kick-off: 7:30pm

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This will be our first competitive fixture with our whole squad available. That means we should hopefully see Le Fondre making his club debut as well as new marquee de Jong. That should mean that most of our squad will be settled with only a few question marks. I am guessing that Buhagiar will start on the right to provide his pace (more on that below). The big question will come if De Silva is preferred to Buhagiar, as he almost certainly will be through most of the season. It is great to think how much creativity we have available in this squad along the attacking midfield line.

 

I also assume that Grant will start at right back again to try to build up some match fitness before the season starts. The only question there would be if Retre takes his position instead if there are question marks over Grant’s fitness. Finally, it is unclear if Wilkinson will start this game instead of Calver; there is no news from the club on that front yet.

 

Assuming Wilkinson plays, I predict the following:

 

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I’ve watched through the highlights of the last ten or so Avondale games so that you don’t have to (though let’s be honest, you weren’t going to). Everything I’ve written here is based on those highlights, so fair warning that it may not be completely accurate. Regardless…

 

The main thing to note about Avondale is that their attack is very strong. Keen A-League watchers will see a few familiar names in Jonaton Germano (ex-City), Joey Katebian (ex-Victory, Roar) and Stefan Zinni (ex-City, WSW). Indeed, there’s a couple of other ex-A-League players in the squad, so it is definitely a squad with some depth of talent. Liam Boland leads the line most of the time and currently tops the club’s goalscoring charts.

 

Generally, the attack is very quick with Yifay Towns and Elvis Kamsoba providing a lot of forward impetus out wide and both of them providing a good cross as well. Katebian provides a great presence up front, using his strength and ability to shoot with both feet well. If anyone is going to cause us a headache it is undoubtedly Katebian to my mind. Kaine Sheppard, who has recently been on trial at Newcastle Jets (I am not sure if he will play in this game but he did play for Avondale on the weekend), also provides good finishing. Zinni can find his way into the right place at the right time but he is a much less physical player so may struggle against our large centre-backs.

 

The defence is a little shakier. Their keeper is Chris Oldfield, whom some of you will remember briefly signed a contract with us a couple of years ago as our back-up keeper. The defence seems to struggle against pace, which means that Buhagiar might find some joy. I also noticed that they seem pretty vulnerable at set pieces, which could provide a good opportunity for our side, given that we have quite a few people who can put in a great delivery. Their vulnerability at the back is underscored by the fact that they haven’t kept a clean sheet since July.

 

If you have any questions about Avondale, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them based on what I have seen.

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Posted : September 11, 2018 4:39 pm Hybrid, nickko and b0b_444 liked
MFSkyBlue
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Should be a good challenge. Looking forward to seeing our new signings. Thanks for the research, much appreciated

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : September 11, 2018 6:53 pm
FTT123
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While I love Brillante, his form recently concerns me. I hope Zuvela gets an opportunity as he has impressed me a lot in his limited game time. Let's hope the commentators aren't already calling a cupset 15min into the game like our previous FFA Cup encounters under Corica!

"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly

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Posted : September 11, 2018 7:22 pm
sinjin.
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Apparently avondale are in advanced negotiations to bring out Andrea pirlo for this . 

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Posted : September 12, 2018 11:22 am
CountArach
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Pirlo would add some extra interest to the game. It would make the ADP-era Juve fans very conflicted. 

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Posted : September 12, 2018 12:47 pm
MFSkyBlue
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Imagine 5,000 fans cramming into the ABD stadium to witness the greatest midfielder of modern times... Milos Ninkovic

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : September 12, 2018 8:48 pm Motorhead, Clovis, Factor and 2 people liked
CountArach
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Pirlo has said he is not going to come out of retirement and will not play for Avondale. Imagine everyone's surprise.

http://www.espn.com.au/football/soccer-transfers/story/3631211/andrea-pirlo-not-interested-in-coming-out-of-retirement-amid-avondale-fc-interest?src=com

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Posted : September 13, 2018 12:27 pm
Schoolboy Errors
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Good write up, thanks for posting that mate

Looking forward to this one, first competitive hit out for our new lads

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Posted : September 13, 2018 3:27 pm
Blue Sky
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I know its said a lot when we play a decent state team but this really is a danger game for us. We will need time for our new-look attack to gel. If we win, I don't see us running away with it. Maybe a 2-1 or something.

Posted by: HybridBonevacia should be sponsored by Napisan with the amount of time he spends rolling around on the grass.

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Posted : September 14, 2018 11:55 am
CountArach
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If people want to watch Avondale play their semi final is being streamed live on the NPL Victoria Facebook page tonight:

https://www.facebook.com/NPLVictoria/

 

7:30 kick off. 

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Posted : September 14, 2018 1:04 pm
CountArach
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Avondale down 1-0 at half time. Couldn't deal with Bentleigh's pace. 

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Posted : September 14, 2018 8:20 pm
sinjin.
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1 all in the 60th. Being streamed on the vpl Facebook site. 

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Posted : September 14, 2018 8:50 pm
CountArach
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85th minute - Half the lights go out. Amazing. 

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Posted : September 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Blue Sky
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Chris Lucas scores his second to put Bentleigh in front. 2-1 in extra time.

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Posted by: HybridBonevacia should be sponsored by Napisan with the amount of time he spends rolling around on the grass.

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Posted : September 14, 2018 9:53 pm
CountArach
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Bentleigh got to 3-1 in ET but Avondale have just equalised. Bloody hell what a finish. 

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Posted : September 14, 2018 10:14 pm
CountArach
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Holy shit Avondale make it 4-3. It was 3-1 against them at about 115th minute. 

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Posted : September 14, 2018 10:17 pm
Jaza
 Jaza
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Is this match televised at all?


Posted by: Tommo But Matt Simon comes with the baggage of being Matt Simon so plenty of people just can't get into it.

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Posted : September 15, 2018 9:47 am
CountArach
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Posted by: Jaza

Is this match televised at all?

Yep it is Fox's main game, or you can watch it on the MyFootball app.

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Posted : September 15, 2018 9:57 am
Hatty
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Hopefully avondale will be shagged after that 120 mins.

Fair play to them though for that comeback.

Quote from: Briuss Uilliss on December 01, 2013, 04:52:46 PMAt the state of art, after last season, thinking of a "winning" and "beautiful-to-see" team is like to pretend to have "a full wine barrel in cellar and a drunk wife in bed".

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Posted : September 17, 2018 12:25 pm
CountArach
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Predictions for the line up tomorrow? I'm starting to think Brosque may start instead of Buhagiar, unlike what I wrote above. 

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Posted : September 18, 2018 12:35 pm
MFSkyBlue
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Posted by: CountArach

Predictions for the line up tomorrow? I'm starting to think Brosque may start instead of Buhagiar, unlike what I wrote above. 

Yeah, I reckon as well. Would prefer Buhagiar just to get some more time under his belt, but I've got a feeling it'll be Brosque. Which is fine, he is our captain after all and what he lacks with pace he makes up for in experience

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : September 18, 2018 7:09 pm
CountArach
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Corica has confirmed that De Silva is not available for tomorrow's game.

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Posted : September 18, 2018 10:42 pm
CountArach
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Predictions for tonight? I'm thinking they will start fast but tire and we will get the better of them in the second half. Tipping 2-1 with 2 for ALF. 

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Posted : September 19, 2018 8:58 am
Schoolboy Errors
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3-0, two sausage rolls for ALF and one for Siem.

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Posted : September 19, 2018 10:17 am
MFSkyBlue
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I'm really looking forward to seeing Siem and ALF play. I think we can be quite excited about those two this season but I don't want to get too ahead of myself

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : September 19, 2018 5:01 pm
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