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Canberra Olympic plotting massive FFA Cup upset

Mon, Oct 17, 2:13pm by Bren O'Brien

Canberra Olympic will be looking to overturn massive odds and become the first non A-League team ever to make the final of the FFA Cup when they take on an in-form Sydney FC in Canberra on Wednesday.

Olympic are expecting a crowd of up to 7,000 people for the match, which is set to be the biggest club match in the national capital ever.

Canberra haven’t had a team in the national league since the demise of the Canberra Cosmos in 2001, and Olympic’s FFA Cup run has sparked a massive wave of interest in the ACT.

Olympic qualified for the semi-final by defeating Victorian club Green Gully in a dramatic quarter-final, which was settled by a penalty from keeper Angelo Konstantinou in the 95th minute.

But while defeating a NPL side like Green Gully is one thing, coming up against the might of Sydney FC, who have won their first two A-League games 4-0, will be a massive challenge when the teams meet at Viking Park.

Sportsbet has Olympic at $9.50 to qualify for the final, while Sydney FC are $1.04 to make their first FFA Cup final.

For the home side to win in normal time is $11, with Sydney FC at $1.17 and the draw is $7.

The handicap betting market sees Canberra Olympic afford a two-goal or more headstart at $2.70, while Sydney at minus two goals are $2.

Sydney have been dealt a good hand by the A-League fixture, having played last Saturday with their next match not until Sunday, albeit in New Zealand against Wellington.

It means Graham Arnold can field close to his best team and accordingly, his two main attacking weapons Bobo and Filip Holosko are $3.60 in first goalscorer markets for this match.

Matt Simon is $5, while Bernie Ibini is $6 along with Alex Brosque, who has scored on both A-League games to date.

The value for Canberra might be Konstantinou, who, while he is Olympic’s keeper, does take their penalties. He is $26 to be first goalscorer and $7.50 to score at any time.

The other semi-final will be held on Tuesday October 25 at AAMI Park between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

Adeladie United defeated Perth Glory in the inaugural FFA Cup in 2014, while Melbourne Victory defeated the Glory in last year’s final. This year’s final will be held in late November.

Suggested Bet: Take Konstantinou to score at any time at $7.50

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