Two teams who suffered defeats in their last outings match-up here in Melbourne, with both desperate for three points to avoid losing touch with the frontrunners.
Perth Glory head to Melbourne hoping last weekend’s bye has not dented any early-season momentum. Certainly the early signs are promising for a new-look side who have collected a win, draw and loss from their three outings.
The match will be reunion of sorts for Glory imports Alyssa Mautz and Vanessa DiBernardo, who will have the opportunity to match-up against a Chicago Red Stars teammate in Victory’s Samantha Johnson.
As for the Victory, they will be hoping that a disastrous mini-run is now over. The Victory have suffered three successive hefty defeats in Melbourne and have little alternative but to find a way out of that rut if they are to figure in the finals.
Victory coach Jeff Hopkins believes his side are not too far away from finding some sort of touch. "We just need to add that consistency to our game as well so we can just perform our roles for the full 90 minutes and I think I can see signs of that coming," he said. "We sat down this week and had a few honest, frank discussions between the group and I've seen a really good positive outcome from there and a good reaction from the players as well."
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Sunday 4 December 2016
Venue: Lakeside Stadium
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (4:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
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Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Alexandra NATOLI, 3.Alex CHEAL, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Lia PRIVITELLI, 8.Ayesha NORRIE, 9.Natasha DOWIE, 10.Christine NAIRN (c), 11.MelindaJ BARBIERI, 13.Laura SPIRANOVIC, 15.Adriana TARANTO, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17.Gulcan KOCA, 19.Rachel ALONSO, 20.Bethany MASON-JONES (gk), 22.Caitlin FRIEND, 25.Kariah WHITE, 30.Emily KENSHOLE (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 22.Caitlin FRIEND (promoted), 25.Kariah WHITE (promoted), 30.Emily KENSHOLE (gk) (new signing)
Outs: 1.Bianca HENNINGER (knee – 4-6 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Melissa TARANTO (knee – season), 14.Selin KURALAY (hamstring – 1 week)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Alyssa MAUTZ, 5.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 7.Nicole STANTON, 8.Shawn BILLAM, 9.Rosie SUTTON, 10.Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 13.JAYMEE GIBBONS, 14.Caitlin DOEGLAS, 17.Natasha RIGBY, 18.Gabby DAL BUSCO (gk), 20.Samantha KERR (c), 22.Arianna ROMERO
Ins: 17.Natasha RIGBY (promoted)
Outs: 6.Carla BENNETT (not selected)