Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory FFA Cup Final Preview and Tips - Victory set to add FFA Cup to trophy cabinet

Andrew Hendrie 5 Nov 2015
  • Victory and Glory face off in FFA Cup final
  • Perth looking to erase last year's loss
  • Victory aiming to add to trophy cabinet
Victory and Glory meet in the FFA Cup final on Saturday night.

Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory collide head-to-head in a battle for the season’s first silverware during the FFA Cup final on Saturday night.

Victory and Glory kick off at 7.30pm AEDT at AAMI Park. Watch and bet on the game live online at bet365.


Victory secured their spot in the competition decider with a 3-0 win over Hume City, while Glory booked their passage through with a 3-1 triumph against Melbourne City.

Cup fever hits Melbourne on Saturday night, with Victory looking to add to their trophy cabinet and Glory looking to erase last year’s heartbreaking final loss.

After being overlooked for a home final for the second consecutive year, Perth will no doubt use the snub as added motivation to lift the cup on Victory’s home turf.

Glory thrive on the ‘us v them’ mentality and have become something of FFA Cup specialists over the brief history of the competition. Last year’s defeat to Adelaide will also serve as extra fuel to go one step further in 2015.

Victory meanwhile haven’t been at their best to start the new A-League season, however they appear to be hitting their straps at the right time, as illustrated through last weekend’s thumping of Wellington.

Claiming another piece of Australian domestic silverware will further lay claim to Victory being the dominant A-League club of the past decade.

Latest odds courtesy of Ladbrokes:

Source: Ladbrokes

Albanian striker Besart Berisha is arguably the best ‘big-game’ player in the country, and after finding the back of the net twice against the Phoenix, you wouldn’t bet against him having another massive one on Saturday night.

Add in the likes of Kosta Barbarouses, Gui Finkler and Fahid Ben Khalfallah, along with Carl Valeri, Matthieu Delpierre and Danny Vukovic, and Victory have an abundance of class spread out across the paddock.

For Perth, much of their attacking threat lies with imports Diego Castro and Guyon Fernandez. If they fire then Glory are capable of troubling the Victory defence.

Furthermore, Glory will need their experienced players including Richie Garcia, Michael Thwaite and Ante Covic to produce top performances and guide younger players through the course of the contest.

Perth actually have quite a solid record against Victory, losing only once in the last five meetings between the pair (two wins, two draws). Their last two games ended in 1-1 and 3-3 draws respectively.

Prediction:

However this looks like Victory’s final to lose. At home and with one of the classiest squads the A-League has ever seen, anything other than a Victory win would be a surprise. I’m backing Berisha for another big game. Don’t be surprised to see him pick up the Mark Viduka Medal after helping Victory capture their first FFA Cup title.

Recommended Bet:

Berisha to score and Victory to win in normal time ($3.00, Ladbrokes)


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Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory FFA Cup Final Preview and Tips - Victory set to add FFA Cup to trophy cabinet

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