Match preview: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC

It's shaping as one of the games of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season - and one which could decide the outcome of the Premiership.

Melbourne Victory host Sydney FC at Lakeside Stadium knowing they can make a big stride toward silverware with three points over their fierce rivals. 

Jeff Hopkins' side would open up a four point gap over the Sky Blues should they claim all three points and with a game in hand on their fellow contenders, it would firmly place the Victorians in pole position.

However, the table-toppers must navigate the competition's most in-form team in Sydney FC, who have timed their late tilt at the title to perfection.

Ante Juric has Sydney FC playing some scintillating football, balancing a host of Westfield Matildas and imports to produce brilliant combinations.

The Sky Blues have won four of their last five games and will arrive in Melbourne full of confidence they can secure a win that would provide another curveball in the Premiership race.

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Ins and outs

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), 14.Melina AYRES (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: Nil

Sydney FC squad: 1.Aubrey BLEDSOE (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 5.Ally GREEN, 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 8.Amy HARRISON, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 10.Savannah McCASKILL, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Natalie TOBIN, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 20.Princess IBINI, 21.Julia VIGNES, 22.Sofia HUERTA, 23.Danielle COLAPRICO, 30.Trudy BURKE (gk), 40.Katie OFFER **two to be omitted**

Ins: 23.Danielle COLAPRICO (return from international duty), 40.Katie OFFER (injury replacement)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 18.Taylor RAY (knee - indefinite), 19.Amy SAYER (foot - indefinite)

How to watch

Stream the match live from 4.00pm (AEDT) this Sunday 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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