FFA CUP PREVIEW: Dandenong City v Melbourne Knights

Melbourne Knights will have to put behind them a dismal fortnight in the league, as they travel to the south-east to face sister club Dandenong City in Round 6 of the FFA Cup.

The winner of this match will progress to the quarter final stage and be just one win away from a lucrative spot in the final 32 of the National stage.

Andrew Marth’s men will need to overcome their recent form slump having succumbed to their largest ever defeat at home last Friday. That defeat also saw goalkeeper Fraser Chalmers receive a red card, and with backup goalkeeper Harry Cakarun currently sidelined, the Knights will most likely turn to youth goalkeeper Gabriel Matti to step up.

Striker Tom Cahill was rested for the Oakleigh fixture and will be expected to line up against City, however injured trio Marijan Cvitkovic, Kym Harris and Joshua Brekalo remain unlikely.

After a strong start to the season, Dandenong City surrendered top spot in NPL2 S/E having picked up just the one point from their last 3 games. Just like the Knights, City’s last victory came in the cup, having defeated NPL1 outfit Bulleen Lions 2-0 at home.

Within their ranks are names very familiar to Knights faithful such as Mate Dugandzic and Ljubo Milicevic, whilst Tomislav Pondeljak is currently on the coaching staff.

The clubs have never faced off in league action, however coincidentally met at this stage of the Cup last year with the Knights running away comfortable 3-1 winners at home. Melbourne Knights also came away 2-0 winners in a preseason friendly match back in January.

Kick off is 7:30pm this Wednesday at Frank Holohan Reserve.

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