Melbourne City need to beat Newcastle Jets at CB Smith Reserve on Sunday to keep their mathematical chances of making the Westfield W-League Finals Series alive.
City missed a hatful of chances - including a penalty - in a frustrating 1-0 home loss to Brisbane Roar last time out that put a major dent in their hopes of winning the Westfield W-League Grand Final for the fourth year in a row.
Just to make the finals, City need to win their final two matches of the season and then hope other results go their way.
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Successive 1-0 defeats will hardly fill City supporters with confidence but Rado Vidosic’s side did beat the Jets earlier this season, winning 3-1 in Newcastle on December 9.
City sit sixth in the table, three points above the Jets, who ended a five-match winless streak on Saturday.
They did that with a surprise 3-1 come-from-behind win over Perth Glory.
Sam Kerr’s 34th-minute goal gave the Glory the lead but the Jets - missing skipper Emily van Egmond who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury - hit back in terrific fashion.
Ins and outs
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 3.Lauren BARNES, 4.Chelsea BLISSETT, 5.Helen CACERES, 7.Steph CATLEY, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 11.Rhali DOBSON, 12.Adriana JONES, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 15.Amy JACKSON, 16.Sofia SAKALIS, 22.Jasmyne SPENCER, 23.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 26.Hailie MACE, 31.Tameka BUTT, 88.Theresa NIELSEN **two to be omitted**
In: 16.Sofia SAKALIS (promoted), 26.Hailie MACE (new signing)
Unavailable: 17.Kyah SIMON (ankle – season)
Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Hannah BREWER, 4.Libby COPUS-BROWN, 5.Arin WRIGHT, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON, 11.Cortnee VINE, 12.Tara ANDREWS, 15.Renee POUNTNEY, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Pana PETRATOS, 20.Claire COELHO (gk), 22.Larissa CRUMMER, 25.Teigan COLLISTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk), 32.Tessa TAMPLIN **one to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Renee POUNTNEY (promoted)
Unavailable: 9.Katie STENGEL (foot - 3 weeks), 10.Emily VAN EGMOND (ankle - 5 weeks), 14.Taylor SMITH (knee - indefinite)
How to watch
You can stream the 7:30pm (AEDT) kick-off 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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Round 12: Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets