For the second time in three years Heidelberg play a blockbuster home clash against A-League opposition for a spot in the FFA Cup semi-final.

In 2016, a record crowd of over 10,000 packed out Olympic village to catch a glimpse of Greek International George Kastsouranis, whose guest appearance for the Warriors couldnโ€™t stop Melbourne City winning 5-0.

But after beating Perth Glory on the road to the quarter finals in this Cup campaign, Katsakis expects Heidelberg to be much more of a threat in tonightโ€™s contest.

โ€œThe proposition against Adelaide is totally different now,โ€ he said. โ€œNo doubt it gives us a lot of confidence in that weโ€™ve previously beaten an A League team knowing that at least we can go in and match it for most of the game.โ€

โ€œWhen thereโ€™s two teams on the park thereโ€™s a 50/50 chance. Having beaten Perth Iโ€™d say every result is possible.

โ€œThe mindset, obviously the condition of the players on the night is all going to contribute. But for me to sit here and say I wasnโ€™t confident, Iโ€™d be lying based on what weโ€™ve achieved this year.

โ€œHaving won the Dockerty Cup final, having won the minor premiership and then playing in the grand final there is no reason why we canโ€™t go out and be super competitive.

Heidelberg head into tonightโ€™s game having to back up from Sundayโ€™s Victorian NPL grand final loss against Bentleigh Greens.

Then, just a few days later, the Bergers play the first round of the Australian NPL play-offs against Western Australian team Bayswater, and Katsakis isnโ€™t hiding the fact that the schedule will be be punishing on his players.

โ€œIn terms of being tired and over worked, the workload is absolutely phenomenal,โ€ he said.

โ€œSemi-professionals are not conditioned to be playing so many games so itโ€™s going to be very, very tough.

โ€œBut for the A League who are paid some big dollars this is part of their conditioning โ€“ they should be cherry ripe right now, theyโ€™re only four weeks until their season. They should be ready to go. There should be no excuses for Adelaide.โ€

With 21 goals, Bergers striker Kenny Athiu is the Victorian NPL's leading marksman and was also the goal scoring hero against Glory, and he is hoping to inspire his team to another win over an A-League side tonight.

โ€œThat Perth scalp was massive, so thereโ€™s no reason why we canโ€™t do it again,โ€ he said.

โ€œItโ€™s 90 minutes of football โ€“ either you win or lose. Thereโ€™s no second chances in this FFA Cup. The boys are coming into it and weโ€™re just going to give it our all. Weโ€™re obviously coming into it confidently but anything can happen.

โ€œIt doesnโ€™t matter if theyโ€™re the best or worst team in the A League. They could be off their game and we could have our best game ever.

โ€œThe confidence of the boys is quite high at the moment. 'Why not?' is what weโ€™re all saying.โ€