Preview: Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Adelaide Shores Football Centre, Adelaide

Local kick-off: 7pm (7.30pm AEDT)

(Match brought forward because of Melbourne Victory’s participation in the International Women's Club Championship in Japan, Nov 30-Dec 6.)

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In many ways Wednesday evening’s match is a crucial outing for both teams as they continue to hunt a top-four berth.

With a five-point gap between the pair, Adelaide know a defeat will mean the Victory move out of their range with just four matches remaining. Conversely a win will ensure they remain in touching distance of the fifth-placed Victory.

The last time the pair met just a fortnight ago saw a hefty 4-0 defeat for the Lady Reds in Melbourne. Since then Adelaide have collected successive wins, while the Victory saw their five-mach undefeated run ended.

In truth the scoreline at Lakeside Stadium earlier this month was rough justice on Adelaide as three late goals were added to a first-half goal-of-the-year contender from Christine Nairn.

The Victory will also go into the match, which has been brought forward given the club’s upcoming International Women's Club Championship commitments, without key personnel in Lisa De Vanna and Emma Checker who will serve a club imposed suspension.

Adelaide, for their part, have been a transformed team in recent weeks and the arrival of experienced defensive enforcer Danielle Brogan has undoubtedly been an important factor.

Two talented and well matched teams promise a fine evening’s entertainment at the impressive Adelaide Shores.

Adelaide United squad: 1. Melissa Barbieri (gk), 2. Monique Iannella, 3. Danielle Brogan, 4. 6. Dylan Holmes, 7. Katrine Pedersen, 8. Emily Condon, 9. Lisa-Marie Woods, 10. Alexandra Chidiac, 11. Isabel Hodgson, 12.Daila-Tais Borg, 15. Jenna McCormick, 16. Katie Holtham, 17. Tiarn Powell, 20. Sarah Willacy (gk), 23. Kristy Moore (C)

Ins: none

Outs: none

Unavailable: none

Melbourne Victory squad: 2. Hannah BREWER, 4. Alexandra NATOLI, 5. Lauren BARNES, 6. Gema SIMON, 7. Stephanie CATLEY (C), 8. Amy JACKSON, 9. Racheal QUIGLEY, 10. Christine NAIRN, 12. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 14. Tiffany ELIADIS, 16. Beattie GOAD, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 18. Elli REED, 19. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI (GK), 30. Tori SNELLEKSZ (GK)

Ins: Alexandra Natoli, Tiffany Eliadis, Maika Ruyter-Hooley (all promoted)

Outs: Lisa De Vanna, Emma Checker (both suspended)

Unavailable: Brianna Davey (leg – 1-2 matches)