Preview: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC

The Big Blue might not quite have the same gravitas as the men’s equivalent, though the traditional Westfield W-League Sydney/Melbourne derby invariably delivers.

The two teams come in with a result each from the opening two rounds, but last weekend was a very different experience for the pair. Melbourne Victory crashed to a shocking 4-0 loss at home to Newcastle Jets. Sydney FC, meanwhile, gave their campaign momentum with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over their city rivals.

Melbourne Victory will take little solace from the history books. They have won just two out of 13 attempts against the Sky Blues, both on the road. The Victory are looking to welcome back an old face in the shape of Caitlin Friend, following a time period away that included a stint playing with Notts County.

Sydney FC will be full of confidence for their trip south. They boast a ton of experience and if that isn’t enough, Westfield Matildas star Caitlin Foord returns to the line-up following a week’s suspension, and Servet Uzunlar is also back after being forced out of last weekend’s derby during the warm-up.

The Victory have turned in two very different performances so far this season. Is it a case of which Melbourne Victory will turn up on the day down Albert Park way?

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Venue: Lakeside Stadium
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (4:00PM (AEDT))

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

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Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Bianca HENNINGER (gk), 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 **two to be omitted**

Ins: 22.Caitlin FRIEND (promoted), 25.Kariah WHITE (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 4.Melissa TARANTO (knee – season), 14.Selin KURALAY (hamstring – 1-2 weeks)

Sydney FC squad: 1.Sham KHAMIS (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Remy SIEMSEN, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 5.Gabrielle MARZANO, 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Nicola BOLGER, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 11.Natalie TOBIN, 12.Olivia PRICE, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 16.Hannah BACON 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk) 17.Kyah SIMON, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBIN **two to be omitted**

Ins: 6.Servet UZUNLAR (return from injury), 9.Caitlin FOORD (return from suspension)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil