It’s top against bottom in the Westfield W-League on Sunday as high-flying Melbourne Victory host struggling Western Sydney Wanderers.
Jeff Hopkins’ Victory are oozing confidence right now and will start strong favourites to continue their march towards a long-awaited Finals Series berth.
Victory have an excellent blend of youth and experience and have relished the chance to go up against the competition’s big guns so far in 2018/19, as evidenced by their thrilling 3-2 win away at Sydney FC last Sunday.
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And in striker Natasha Dowie – who scored a hat-trick against the Sky Blues – they have a player in red-hot form.
Unfortunately, the Wanderers are still searching for their first goal of the campaign.
Four straight defeats have Dan Barrett’s side already playing catch-up but there were some encouraging signs against the Jets last weekend.
Interestingly, the last four games between the two clubs in the Westfield W-League have all ended in draws.
Ins and outs
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Casey DUMONT (GK), 3.Teigan ALLEN, 4.Alex GUMMER, 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Christine NAIRN, 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: 4.Alex GUMMER (promoted), 19.Lia PRIVITELLI (promoted), 21.Ella MASTRANTONIO (promoted)
Outs: 8.Angela BEARD (1 week – suspension)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER, 4.Maruschka WALDUS, 5.Rachel LOWE, 6.Servet UZUNLAR (c), 7.Lo’eau LABONTA, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Remy SIEMSEN, 10.Kylie LEDBROOK, 11.Elizabeth ADDO, 12.Susan PHONSONGKHAM, 14.Courtney NEVIN, 15.Talitha KRAMER, 17.Sydney MIRAMONTEZ, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Caitlin JARVIE, 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Lo’eau LABONTA (returns from injury), 11.Elizabeth ADDO (returns from international duty)
How to watch
You can stream this 4:00pm AEDT kick-off 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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