Preview: Canberra United v Melbourne Victory

A fascinating match-up is in prospect in the nation’s capital as Canberra United eye a shot at the premiership with a win over Melbourne Victory.

The ladder says Canberra United should win this one in a canter against the league’s bottom side, but the Westfield W-League has proven itself to be an unusual beast this season.

Though they only have pride to play for, cellar dwellers Victory can claim to be one of the league’s most in-form teams.

Prior to last weekend’s bye the Victory knocked over champions Melbourne City and the high-flying Perth Glory.

And Canberra were exceedingly unfortunate to defeat their rivals 2-1 just after Christmas with a last-minute penalty. The Victory will feel they are owed for that perceived injustice.

The pressure is certainly on Canberra. A win could see them potentially edge Sydney FC out of top spot just as they did three years ago.

A defeat, however, could see them lose their grip on second and a thus a home semi-final.

A fascinating sub-plot in this match is the battle for the competition’s Golden Boot crown.

With equal leader Sam Kerr suspended, Canberra’s Ash Sykes can collect the accolade with a single goal, while just a further goal away is the deadly Natasha Dowie who can’t be ruled out of the equation.