Australia Cup 2022 Round of 16 Preview: Adelaide City vs Adelaide United

For the first time in its history, Adelaide United face Adelaide City in a competitive match on Wednesday night with the Australia Cup the backdrop for the inaugural meeting.

ServiceFM Stadium, Gepps Cross, is the venue for the highly anticipated cup clash with a spot in the Quarter Finals on the line.

The Reds reached the last 16 for a seventh time following a strong 2-0 away win over Newcastle Jets as George Blackwood and Hiroshi Ibusuki found the back of the net, the latter occurring via a spectacular bicycle goal.  

Meanwhile, City progressed past Logan Lightning 1-0 in the Round of 32. The Black and Whites have been the most consistent side all season in the local NPLSA, winning their 18th Federation Cup last month with a 5-0 win over Modbury Jets.

More silverware followed the reigning NPLSA champions, clinching the minor premiership on the final day of the NPLSA campaign, thanks to a 6-0 triumph over 10-man Adelaide Olympic.

This will be the second time United has played South Australian opposition in the Australia Cup, after beating Adelaide Olympic in a Round of 16 match last year.

Team news

Carl Veart is expected to name a similar squad to the one that defeated the Jets with Javi López, Juande, and Ben Halloran available for selection. However, Craig Goodwin has been ruled out for the clash.

Adelaide United Australia Cup Record 

2014 – Winners
2015 – Quarter Finals
2016 – Round of 32
2017 – Runners-up
2018 – Winners
2019 – Winners
2020 – Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – Quarter Finals

Adelaide City Australia Cup Record 

2014 – Quarter Finals
2015 – Did not qualify
2016 – Did not qualify
2017 – Did not qualify
2018 – Did not qualify
2019 – Did not qualify
2020 – Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – Round of 32

Match details:

Wednesday, 17 August vs Adelaide City
Australia Cup 2022 – Round of 16
Kick-off 7.00pm ACST
Venue: ServiceFM Stadium
Stream: 10 Play