High-flying Canberra United suddenly find themselves on the back foot and they must now face up to an under-rated opponent in the form of Adelaide United.
Canberra crashed to a 6-1 defeat against Sydney FC last weekend. It is a result which surely must rank as one of the most remarkable in Westfield W-League history, given their stellar roster and otherwise impressive form.
Canberra have this week welcomed back midfielder Kahlia Hogg to the nation’s capital for the first time in five years. Meanwhile, Westfield Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna is looking to make her first starting appearance since joining the club recently.
On the debit side, big names Michelle Heyman and Ellie Brush will continue to be absent due to injury.
And while Adelaide are currently propping up the table they are far from easybeats. Recent draws against Newcastle Jets and, impressively, Melbourne City are a testament to that.
Adelaide have never won in Canberra, having recorded just two wins against Canberra in 13 previous meetings, They did, however, draw 2-2 against Canberra earlier this season.
Canberra United v Adelaide United
Saturday, 7 January 2017
Venue: McKellar Park
Kick-Off: 6:00PM (Local)
Referee: Casey Reibelt
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Canberra United squad: 1.Trudy BURKE (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 4.Clare HUNT, 5.Jenna McCORMICK, 8.Hayley RASO, 9. Jasmyne SPENCER 10.Grace MAHER, 12.Hannah BREWER, 13.Celeste BOUREILLE, 14.Ashley SYKES, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 18. Kahlia HOGG, 19.Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20.Georgia BORIC (gk), 22.Stephanie OCHS, 32. Lisa DE VANNA **two to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN (promoted), 18. Kahlia HOGG (new signing)
Unavailable: 11. Michelle HEYMAN (Ankle - 3-4 weeks), 7. Ellie BRUSH (Knee - 1 Week)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND, 4.Emily HODGSON, 6.Ally LADAS, 7.Stella RIGON (c), 10.Racheal QUIGLEY, 11.Sofia HUERTA, 12.Adriana JONES, 13.Lucy ADAMOPOULOS, 14.Grace ABBEY, 15.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 16.Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS, 18.Isabella SCALZI, 20.Sarah WILLACY (gk), 24.Danielle COLAPRICO, 25.Katie NAUGHTON, 30.Alex CHIDIAC **two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND (promoted), 6.Ally LADAS (promoted), 13.Lucy ADAMOPOULOS (promoted), 16.Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS (promoted)
Outs: 3.Georgia IANNELLA (not selected), 5.MÔNICA (hamstring - 1 weeks)
Unavailable: 8.Emily CONDON (illness)