Match preview: Canberra United v Melbourne Victory
A week ago, Canberra United’s Westfield W-League finals hopes were fast fading but after a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Adelaide United they are well and truly back on track.
Although still back in seventh spot, Canberra are only a win off the top four in what has become a congested middle third of the ladder.
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Their task, however, couldn’t be more difficult as they come up against first-placed Melbourne Victory and without three of their overseas stars away on international duty.
Jeff Hopkins’ Victory have been head and shoulders above everyone else so far this campaign and will head to the Nation’s Capital with an eye to placing one hand on the Premiers Plate.
Victory have made a habit of getting results when needed and came up with a last-minute winner in the Melbourne Derby last time out so they will back themselves in the unfamiliar surrounds of Queanbeyan's Seiffert Oval.
Canberra will need to be aware of the double threat of Natasha Dowie and Christine Nairn but cannot afford to be too defensively-minded in a game they simply must take three points from.
Ins and outs
Canberra United squad: 1.Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 2.Laura HUGHES, 4.Rachel CORSIE (c), 5.Nikola ORGILL, 8.Olivia PRICE, 12.Lauren KEIR, 13.Meaghan McELLIGOTT, 14.Ashleigh SYKES, 15.Rosie GALEA, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17.Maddy WHITTALL, 18.Taren KING, 19.Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20.Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 21.Ellie CARPENTER,
Ins: 12.Lauren KEIR (Promoted), 15.Rosie GALEA (Promoted), 17.Maddy WHITTALL (Promoted)
Outs: 6.Refiloe JANE (International Duty), 9.Rhoda MULADZI (International Duty), 23.Maria JOSE ROJAS (International Duty)
Unavailable: 3.Natasha PRIOR (Head - Season)
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: 10.Kyra COONEY-CROSS (promoted), 11.MelindaJ BARBIERI (promoted)
How to watch
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to catch this clash, with kick-off at 7:30pm AEDT. You can also stream the match live on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers. For viewers outside Australia and New Zealand without a broadcasting rights holder, you can watch games on the My Football Youtube channel.
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