The group stages are done and the quarterfinal pairings are set. It’s time for the knockout stages for the inaugural 2014 Football Alliance (FA) League Cup. Here are the perfect pass blog’s match predictions for the quarterfinals.
QF1 Ceres-La Salle FC vs Stallion FC
Pride and a place in the semi-finals will be at stake as two teams with Western Visayas roots will battle it out in the first quarterfinal game. Both teams have met early in the tournament with Ceres hacking out a 4-2 win against Stallion. Since then, the Bacolod-based squad have won four straight while the Iloilo-affiliated squad had mixed results of two wins, one draw, and a loss against Loyola.
Ceres will be coming out with all guns ablazing with the prolific Jin Ho Kim and Adrian Gallardo who have scored at least a goal each in their last 3 competitive games. Ceres Coach Cha Soungyooung will have plenty of attacking players at his disposal namely: Patrick Reichelt, Manny Ott, Orman Okunaiaya, Kyumson Cho, Dodz Pasinabo, and Carli Martinez de Murga.
Stallion are no pushovers with OJ Clarino and Angel Carrascosa in attack and Azkal Simone Rota leading the defense but the depth of Ceres in almost all positions will put them in the semi-finals.
Prediction: FT Ceres-La Salle 4 – 1 Stallion FC (HT 3-0)
QF2 Global FC vs Laos FC
The “Dan Palami” Derby, El Habbib vs El Habbib, New Global vs Old Global. Call it whatever you like but its quite unfortunate for two sister teams to draw each other in the quarterfinals.
The two teams have met in the group stages with Global winning 1-nil on a late goal. Many will expect a walk in the park for Global but the recent performances of Laos will surely make it interesting in the first half. I expect Global to break through late in the game and seal their slot in the final four.
Prediction: FT Global FC 2 – 0 Laos FC (HT 0-0)
QF3 Pachanga-Diliman FC vs Manila All-Japan FC
Manila All-Japan FC scored twenty goals in their last game but it will hardly matter when they come up against a tough Pachanga-Diliman side. After being drubbed by Ceres on opening day, Pachanga has scored an average of three goals per game since against quality opposition.
PDFC’s defense is a bit shaky in some occasions but MAJFC is at a disadvantage having allowed seven goals on the average against quality opponents. Pachanga’s experience in playing a tough group will pay dividends coupled with MAJFCs defensive woes and will bring them through the semis.
Prediction: FT PDFC 3 – 0 MAJFC (HT 3-0)
Loyola Meralco Sparks FC vs Kaya FC
Without a doubt, the highlight game of the quarterfinals. Kaya FC topped Group B with a gutsy win against a watered-down Global FC side last night but an in-form Phil Younghusband Loyola will be a tough force to contain.
Making things worse for Kaya would be the suspension of defender Alfred Osei and a possible injury on Kenshiro Daniels. The already depleted Kaya FC defense will still have to handle man mountain Jamal Fenelon and the legendary Freddy Gonzales.
Both teams will be dead even in midfield but due to the circumstances, Loyola has the clear advantage on its veteran backline and quality up front.
Prediction: FT Loyola 4 – 2 Kaya (HT 2-1)
Quarterfinal matches 1 & 2 will be played on Sunday, October 26 (5 & 8 PM). Quarterfinal matches 1 & 2 will be played on Sunday, October 26 (5 & 8 PM). All games will be played in the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
A draw on the semi-final pairings will be done immediately after the last quarterfinal game. Tickets are free for Senior Citizens and Students (with ID). Grandstand tickets are only for 100 pesos while Bleachers seats are Free.