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Sydney FC make pitch to host FFA Cup final

  • Sydney FC make pitch to host FFA Cup final

    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 23: L to R, Milos Ninkovic, Alex Brosque, Brandon O'Neill and Matt Simon of Sydney FC celebrate the win after the final whistle during the round three A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Sydney FC have made their pitch to host the FFA Cup final, confident they can draw a big crowd and arguing it's only fair the harbour city have a turn after Melbourne held last year's decider.

The Sky Blues will learn their opponent on Tuesday night after Melbourne City clash with defending champions Melbourne Victory in a derby semi-final at AAMI Park.

After that, one of Australia's biggest interstate rivalries will heat up as the winner vies with Sydney to host the showpiece event on November 29 or 30.

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A decade has passed since the Sky Blues last played a final at their Allianz Stadium home ground, where they won the 2006 A-League grand final.

Now into their seventh season without silverware, the club is eager to break the drought in front of home fans.

Chief executive Tony Pignata believed Allianz Stadium could draw a midweek crowd upwards of 18,000 if Football Federation Australia (FFA) priced tickets more reasonably than last year, when a price hike was blamed for the paltry 15,098 that attended AAMI Park.

"Sydney people love a big event, and I'm expecting a good crowd if the final is at Allianz," Pignata told AAP.

"We haven't had a home game the whole FFA Cup this season as well.

"Melbourne had the final last year and Adelaide has also had it, so I think it's Sydney's turn now.

"Our fans deserve a final."

Whatever arguments the respective clubs put forward, it's all a numbers game for FFA.

"FFA will take into consideration a wide range of factors, including a venue that will allow the highest number of football fans to attend the match live and maximise the viewership and entertainment for Fox Sports," FFA chief executive David Gallop said in a statement.

Both City and Victory will therefore be eager to attract large numbers on Tuesday in arguably the biggest game of the tournament's three-year history.

Club officials are tipping a crowd between 15,000 and 20,000, which would likely break the FFA Cup record of 16,142 set atHindmarsh Stadium where Adelaide defeated Perth in the 2014 final.

Sydney captain Alex Brosque said he'd be happiest if FFA picked names out of a hat.

"It would probably be the fairest," Brosque told AAP.

"But obviously we'd love to have a grand final in Sydney, which hasn't happened for a very long time."

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