Perth Glory face a real test of their credentials this weekend on home soil against a Melbourne Victory side who are far better than their ladder position suggests.
The Glory went on a stunning mid-season winning streak which took them to heady heights near the top of the ladder, however a 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets last weekend saw them slip to third.
They have a match in hand over leaders Sydney FC and also second-placed Canberra United, thus a win here could leave them flying high, yet defeat could see them slip back into a dogfight for a finals berth.
The Victory are on a high after collecting their first win of the season – a hugely impressive 4-1 win at Brisbane Roar. The Victory are still mathematically in the hunt for a finals berth should they win here.
The last time the two teams met the Glory collected a 2-0 away win. That result edged them ahead 7-6 in the all-time results between the two clubs.
The match notably pits together the league’s two top-scorers – Perth’s Sam Kerr and Melbourne’s Natasha Dowie, both of whom have now scored 8 goals apiece.
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 8 January 2017
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (7:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Kate Jacewicz
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Perth Glory squad: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Alyssa MAUTZ, 5.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 6. Carla BENNETT, 7.Nicole STANTON, 8.Shawn BILLAM, 9.Rosie SUTTON, 10.Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 13.JAYMEE GIBBONS, 17.Natasha RIGBY, 18.Gabby DAL BUSCO (gk), 20.Samantha KERR (c), 22.Arianna ROMERO
Ins: 6. Carla Bennett (promoted)
Outs: 14. Caitlin DOEGLAS (not selected)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Bianca HENNINGER (gk), 2.Alexandra NATOLI, 3.Alex CHEAL, 5.Alexandra GUMMER, 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), 25.Kariah WHITE **two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Alex CHEAL (promoted), 19.Rachel ALONSO (promoted)
Unavailable: 4.Melissa TARANTO (knee – season), 14.Selin KURALAY (knee – season)