A fascinating match-up is in store in Adelaide as local heroines United host the erratic Western Sydney Wanderers.
Adelaide may currently hold down bottom spot but after an injury-hit campaign, their recent strong form contradicts their modest position on the ladder.
Last weekend saw Adelaide draw with star-studded Canberra United, but with an ounce of luck they would have collected a first win of the season.
They could well earn a deserved maiden win on Saturday evening, but again injury has dented their plans with captain Stella Rigon forced out this weekend, while No1 goalkeeper Eliza Campbell is confirmed to miss the remainder of the campaign.
“We have been playing really well recently, especially with the last two draws against Melbourne City and Canberra United, who are top teams,” Adelaide coach Huss Skenderovic said.
“We have great momentum, and as always, we are confident, something that we haven’t lost despite our position on the table.”
These two teams have a tight historical record with the Wanderers earning two wins to one over seven outings against United. The Wanderers earned a late 2-1 win earlier this season on home turf.
The Wanderers caused one of great Westfield W-League upsets in December with a win over champions Melbourne City, followed by a tight 2-1 defeat against rivals Sydney FC.
Yet last weekend saw a hefty one-sided 3-0 defeat against Brisbane Roar.
Which Wanderers side will turn up this weekend?
Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 14 January 2017
Venue: Elite Systems Football Centre
Kick-Off: 7:30PM (Local) (8:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
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Adelaide United squad: 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND, 3.Georgia IANNELLA, 4.Emily HODGSON, 5.MÔNICA, 6.Ally LADAS, 10.Racheal QUIGLEY, 11.Sofia HUERTA, 12.Adriana JONES, 13.Lucy ADAMOPOULOS, 14.Grace ABBEY, 15.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 16.Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS, 20.Sarah WILLACY (gk), 21.Claudia JENKINS (gk), 24.Danielle COLAPRICO, 25.Katie NAUGHTON (c), 30.Alex CHIDIAC **two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND (promoted), 3.Georgia IANNELLA (promoted), 5.MÔNICA (returns from injury), 16.Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS (promoted)
Outs: 7.Stella RIGON (hip – 1 week), 18.Isabella SCALZI (foot – indefinite)
Unavailable: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk) (hand – season), 8.Emily CONDON (illness)
Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER (c), 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 5.Helen PETINOS, 6.Kendall FLETCHER, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Paige NEILSEN, 12.Rachel LOWE, 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA, 15.Ellie CARPENTER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 17.Alyssa ROSE, 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 22.Casey DUMONT (gk), 23.Joey BURGESS **one to be omitted**
Ins: 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA (promoted), 23.Joey BURGESS (promoted)
Outs: 7.Sarah YATIM (omitted)