Pace-setters Melbourne Victory go to defending Premiers Brisbane Roar on Sunday in a vitally important clash for both teams in the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.
Victory have been the surprise packets of the campaign so far, unbeaten after five games and with a four-point lead at the top of the ladder.
Much of their success has come on the back of Natasha Dowie’s goals, with the striker contributing five of Victory’s nine for the season.
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But Jeff Hopkins’ side have really built their success on superb organisation, commitment and team-work.
And they’ll need to produce all that and more at Lions Stadium against a Roar outfit eager to bounce back from their 5-1 mauling at the hands of Sydney FC last weekend.
While Mel Andreatta’s Roar have been inconsistent this campaign, they do know a win here would move them into the top four.
And recent history suggests this could go either way, with the last four meetings between the two clubs seeing two wins apiece.
It will be an extra special match for Victory attacker Emily Gielnik, who comes up against her former club for the first time.
Ins and outs
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Carson PICKETT, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Jenna MCCORMICK, 6.Celeste BOUREILLE, 7.Indiah-Paige RILEY, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9.Chioma UBOGAGU, 10.Katrina GORRY, 11.Natalie TATHEM, 12.Allira TOBY, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 17.Yuki NAGASATO, 19.Hollie PALMER, 20.Annie GROVE (gk), 22.Anna MARGRAF
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 10.Katrina Gorry (promoted), 15.Abbey LLOYD (promoted)
Unavailable: 16.Hayley RASO (back - TBC)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Casey DUMONT (GK), 3.Teigan ALLEN, 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Christine NAIRN, 8. Angela BEARD, 9.Natasha DOWIE (c) 10.Kyra COONEY-CROSS, 11.Melindaj BARBIERI, 14.Melina AYRES, 15.Emily GIELNIK, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17.Danielle WEATHERHOLT, 18.Grace MAHER, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI, 20.Bethany MASON-JONES (GK), 21.Ella MASTRANTONIO
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Angela BEARD (return from suspension), 19.Lia PRIVITELLI (promoted)
Sunday, 16 December 2018
Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne Victory
Venue:Lions Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off:3:00PM (Local) (4:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Katie Patterson
Assistant Referee 1:Renae Coghill
Assistant Referee 2:Misuk Park
Fourth Official:Rebecca Durcau
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS (www.foxsports.com.au) and My Football Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers
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How to watch
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