The stakes are high as unbeaten City take on Premiers Victory in the first Melbourne Derby of Westfield W-League Season 2019/20.
Melbourne City very much lost the bragging rights in the state of Victoria last season. Not only did the then three-time defending Champions miss out on the Finals Series altogether, but they were forced to watch Victory celebrate lifting their first ever Premiers Plate.
Add on to that the fact that Victory beat City at home and away in the league campaign, without conceding a goal, and there's no doubt Rado Vidosic's will feel they have a score to settle.
City have shown early signs of turning the tables in 2019/20, winning three of their first four games, including a 2-1 triumph against Champions, Sydney FC, in Round 4.
Jeff Hopkins' side have picked up four points from their opening three games, including an impressive draw with high-flying league leaders Western Sydney Wanderers last week.
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: ABD Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 3.Lauren BARNES, 4.Chelsea BLISSETT, 6.Aivi LUIK, 7.Steph CATLEY (c), 8.Nia STAMATOPOULOS, 9.Claire EMSLIE, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Rhali DOBSON, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 15.Emma CHECKER, 16.Sofia SAKALIS, 17.Kyah SIMON, 20.Milica MIJATOVIC, 21.Ellie CARPENTER, 23.Melissa HUDSON (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 6.Aivi LUIK (promoted), 8.Nia STAMATOPOULOS (promoted)
Unavailable: 19.Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC (hamstring)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Casey DUMONT (gk), 2.Rosie SUTTON, 3.Teigen ALLEN, 4.Emily MENGES, 6.Haley HANSON, 7.Emma ROBERS, 8.Angie BEARD, 9.Natasha DOWIE (c), 10.Jenna McCORMICK, 11.Darian JENKINS, 13.Polly DORAN, 14.Melina AYRES, 15.Amy JACKSON, 16.Annalie LONGO, 18.Grace MAHER, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI, 20.Melissa MAIZELS (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Emma ROBERS (promoted), 19.Lia PRIVITELLI (promoted)
Unavailable: 5.Laura BROCK (foot), 17.Alex GUMMER (quad)