The finals have come early for Melbourne Victory and Canberra United as the sides meet on Sunday in a crucial clash in the race for the top four.
Both Victory (fifth on 14 points) and United (sixth on 10 points) are chasing down fourth-place Brisbane Roar (14 points), with three points imperative at Lakeside Stadium.
Jeff Hopkins’ defending premiers look to have overcome their slow start to the campaign to be firing at the right time and have won their last three in a row in the Westfield W-League.
In contrast, Canberra have seen their finals hopes take a huge hit in recent weeks, losing their last games on the bounce.
Will current form prove decisive for Victory in this one or can Heather Garriock’s side keep their top-four hopes alive and register a win on the road?
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Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Casey DUMONT (Gk), 2.Rosie SUTTON, 3.Teigen ALLEN, 4.Emily MENGES, 5. Laura BROCK, 6.Haley HANSON, 8.Angie BEARD, 9.Natasha DOWIE (c), 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)
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Teigen ALLEN (promoted), 7.Emma Robers (promoted), 20.Melissa MAIZELS (gk) (promoted)
Outs: 10.Jenna McCORMICK (international duty), 30. Teagan MICAH (gk) (international duty)
Canberra United squad: 1.Annalee GROVE (gk), 2. Laura HUGHES, 3.Kaleigh KURTZ, 4. Jessie RASSCHAERT, 5.Nikola ORGILL (c), 6. Emma STANBURY, 7.Simone CHARLEY, 8.Olivia PRICE, 10.Camila PEREIRA, 11.Elise THORSNES, 15. Ashlie CROFTS,17.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 21.Rebekah HORSEY, 23. Lauren KEIR, 24. Aoife COLVILL
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Laura HUGHES (promoted), 6.Emma STANBURY(promoted), 23.Lauren KEIR (promoted), 24.Aoife COLVILL (promoted)
Outs: 12.Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (not selected), 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN (International duty)