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Sydney FC to spy Rovers for FFA Cup clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/06/2017 Warren Barnsley

A-League champions Sydney FC are going to surprising lengths to prepare for their FFA Cup clash with minnows Darwin Rovers FC.

Coach Graham Arnold has ordered his newly-appointed Sky Blues assistant Phil Moss to the top end to complete the club's reconnaissance before facing their round-of-32 opponents.

"I had a very excited phone call from Graham Arnold yesterday afternoon, saying, 'pack your bag, you're going to Darwin to do some scouting for us'," Moss told Sky Sports Radio on Friday, a day after the FFA announced the 16 match-ups.

"We're taking it very seriously, as we do every game.

"We can't wait to see what this FFA Cup throws up."

Sydney are unbackable favourites to oust the Rovers, who will represent the Northern Territory in the knockout competition for the second-straight year.

They gained attention last year when they turned up to their home game against Brisbane Strikers in a stretch Hummer before losing 6-0.

The Sky Blues, meanwhile, were beaten in last year's final by Melbourne City before being the most dominant champions in A-League history.

A Rovers win would be the biggest upset in FFA Cup history, with Redlands United beating then-A-League title holders Adelaide United in 2016.

All 16 round-of-32 FFA Cup matches will be played over over a three-week period beginning at the end of July, with details to be confirmed on July 3.

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