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FFA Cup PREVIEW: Geelong SC v Melbourne Knights

Melbourne Knights’ path to FFA Cup qualification has become clearer, with State League 1 N/W outfit Geelong SC being drawn to host the Knights this coming Saturday night.

Geelong SC are currently on a high having being crowned State 2 champions last season, a year in which they pushed league rivals Green Gully to a penalty shoot-out at this same stage last year.

The highly ambitious club has high expectations, having set out a five-year plan to becoming the next NPL team based in Geelong. New head coach Fabrizio Soncin has taken the reins this year and possesses a squad with a mixture of top level experience and upcoming youth.

Within the ranks at Stead Park are veteran campaigners Dusko Delic and Isyan Erdogan, with the latter having represented the Melbourne Knights in the final years of the National Soccer League. Earlier this year they also announced the signing of another former Knight Nik Srbinovski who played 14 games for the club.

This will be the first ever meeting between the clubs, and whilst Geelong SC will undoubtedly provide a stern test for Andrew Marth’s squad, the Knights will make the trip down the Princess Highway full of confidence from their win on Monday night. The win at David Barro Stadium meaning the Knights are currently unbeaten away from home in 2017.

Nikola Jurkovic and Jake Barker-Daish missed Monday’s win through injury and will most likely not be risked, however the news is more positive for fan favourites Marijan Cvitkovic and Milan Batur.

Cvitkovic was an unused substitute on Monday night while Batur has returned to full training, and the pair could be in line for their first appearances of the season.

Details of the fixture was confirmed on Tuesday, with a 6pm Kick off this Saturday at Stead Park, Corio.

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