Melbourne City star Bruno Fornaroli and Sydney FC marquee Bobo will be key figures in the Westfield FFA Cup Final.
Both sides have been prolific en route to the third FFA Cup final and so far in the Hyundai A-League have registered 22 goals between them in five rounds to date.
Interestingly, neither team have been reliant on a single goal scorer throughout their FFA Cup progression, with seven different City players contributing to their ten goals.
It’s a similar story with Graham Arnold’s men. They’ve had nine different players find the back of the net among their 11 goal (and they’re yet to concede, too).
It all points to one of the biggest clashes in the Cup’s short history – made all the more intriguing by the fact these two sides will not have squared off in this season’s Hyundai A-League ahead of kick-off.
CAHILL, FORNAROLI, BRANDAN …
Melbourne City’s star power is well known, with the Caltex Socceroos’ all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill and last season’s Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli leading the line.
However their midfield also packs a punch with an in-form Luke Brattan pulling the strings alongside pocket Argentine dynamos Fernando Brandan and Nicolas Colazo (who should be fit by Cup final night).
Add the pace of Bruce Kamau and Nick Fitzgerald on the flanks, the creativity of Anthony Caceres and guile of Neil Kilkenny in the middle and it’s apparent the attacking options at John van’t Schip’s disposal run deep.
And don’t discount defender Michael Jakobsen, who scored one of the best-ever Cup goals with his audacious overhead kick that triggered a goal-fest against the Wanderers in the quarter-finals.
BOBO, BROSQUE, CARNEY …
Of course the Sky Blues are also a threat with Brazilian marksman Bobo and skipper Alex Brosque leading the way up front.
They’ve been ably supported by the power and flair of Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic, while young duo Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill have been motoring on in the midfield engine room.
And you only have to look at David Carney’s contribution off the bench against Victory on the weekend to see the depth at Graham Arnold’s disposal, with Matt Simon also making telling contributions as a sub.
And they’ve got a fit again Bernie Ibini raring to go in the wings, who could yet prove to be a game-changer.
While one goal was good enough to see Adelaide lift the inaugural title in 2014 and Victory put two past Perth in last season’s final, who knows how many goals we’ll see in this season’s final?
One thing is certain it is sure to be an entertaining spectacle and is one not to be missed!
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