FFA Cup Semi Final: Key battles across the park

Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United collide in a mouth-watering Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final tonight. 

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We pinpoint three key battles which could help decide who reaches the final against Sydney FC.

ERSAN GULUM V JUMPEI KUSUKAMI

The Australian-born Turkish international defender has brought a solidity and hard edge to an Adelaide United side that leaked 46 goals in the last Hyundai A-League season.

Meantime, Japanese front-man Jumpei Kusukami scored in his side's opening match of the season, with his energy and pace a constant threat down Wanderers' right-hand side.

If Gülüm can keep Jumpei contained, the Reds will have nullified one of Western Sydney's key attacking weapons.

Jumpei


JOHAN ABSALONSEN V CHRIS HERD

The Danish winger has caught the eye very early in his time in Australia, scoring in both of his side's opening two Hyundai A-League outings, as well as in the Westfield FFA Cup.

Former Caltex Socceroos utility Herd may be given the job of shadowing Absalonsen with a view to blunting his effectiveness and forcing the Reds to find alternative attacking avenues.

herd


KARIM MATMOUR V KEARYN BACCUS

Adelaide United's new Algerian midfielder has a bag full of tricks which have been on full display during the Reds' run to the semi-finals.

His cheeky rabona attempt which hit the crossbar was one of this year's most memorable cup moments.

Baccus has become a key member of Hayden Foxe's midfield and will have Matmour in his sights as he seeks to help guide his side to the final.

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