FFA Cup: Wanderers vs Bentleigh preview

FFA Cup: Wanderers vs Bentleigh preview

The Wanderers take on Bentleigh Greens, away, in the round of 16 of the FFA Cup tomorrow night at 7.30. We take a quick look at our opposition and what can be expected.

Bentleigh Greens SC

Founded: 1987, currently playing NPL 1 in Victoria. Semi final FFA cup 2014.

Currently has former Wanderer Nick Ward on their books. Finished 4th out of 14 teams in NPL; only Avondale, South Melbourne and Hieldberg United finished higher. They also have former Newcastle Jets striker Andy Brennan up front.

PREVIEW

Following Bentleigh Green’s victory against Hume City on pens in the FFA cup round of 32, they now move on to face A-League opposition in the Western Sydney Wanderers. Bentleigh are no stranger to A-League opposition after facing Perth Glory in the semi-final of the 2014 FFA cup. The Wanderers are coming off the back of a high, after beating Wellington with the final kick (or header) of the game at Campbelltown. Since then, Bentleigh has been continuing and finishing its NPL season, meanwhile the Wanderers have been continuing their pre-season, with games against; Brisbane Roar (4-0 win), Edgeworth Eagles (4-0 win) and Bankstown Berries (2-0 win), scoring 10 goals and not conceding once in all those matches.

KEY MATCH UP

Andy Brennan vs Robbie (‘Cornflakes’) Cornthwaite

Brennan has had a successful first season at Bentleigh, scoring 3 goals in 13 matches after being released from Newcastle Jets in January 2017. He’ll be looking to prove a point against A-League opposition, hoping to improve his chances for a second shot at the A-League. Cornthwaite will have the task of marking and dealing with Brennan, leading the Wanderers with the captain’s armband from the back. Should Brennan get the better of Cornflakes it may be the turning point in the match, but if the Wanderers skipper can keep the striker quiet, it could be an easy evening for the Wanderers.

KEY PLAYER

Alvaro’ Cejudo

After arriving in Australia just under a month ago, the second Spanish marquee for the Wanderers will be looking for his debut against Bentleigh in the second round of the cup. The pacey winger will have the opportunity on either side of the pitch and will be hoping to start his career in the red and black the same as his countrymen, Oriol Reira. With Bonevacia and Baccus pulling the strings from midfield Cejudo should get plenty of chances to prove his worth in the red and black.

Prediction

Wanderers 3- Bentleigh 0

The Wanderers pre-season has been perfect so far and we don’t see them stopping anytime soon. While Bentleigh will prove a test for the red and black, there is too much quality and attacking threat for the Greens to handle.