What a match awaits TV viewers and local fans alike as the champs visit the champs-in-waiting in one of the contests of the season.
Sydney FC have just come off one of the all-time great Westfield W-League results with their truly remarkable 6-1 win over hitherto high-flying Canberra United.
Melbourne City, in contrast, have now gone four matches without a win, having previously gone 18 matches undefeated.
But, recent results aside, one thing is for certain. The quality on offer will be top drawer with a host of local and international stars on show for fans at Allianz Stadium.
Sydney FC will have a hole in the middle of defence with Alanna Kennedy missing through suspension after her red card, while there are no such worries for City.
However City now have a new coach with player/assistant coach Jess Fishlock assuming the reins this week. This follows the move of Joe Montemurro to assistant coach of City’s Hyundai A-League team following the departure of coach John van’t Schip.
Sydney FC have never beaten their southern rivals in three previous attempts. They lost twice during last year’s regular season and then there is the small matter of revenge for defeat in the 2016 Grand Final against City.
Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC
Sunday 8 January 2017
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Kick-Off: 2:30PM (Local)
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 2.00pm (AEDT) and ABC TV from 2.00pm (AEDT)
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Sydney FC squad: 1.Sham KHAMIS (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Remy SIEMSEN, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Nicola BOLGER, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Francisca ORDEGA, 11.Natalie TOBIN, 12.Olivia PRICE, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk), 17.Kyah SIMON, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBINI
Ins: 6.Servet UZUNLAR (promoted)
Outs: 14. Alanna KENNEDY (suspended – 1 week)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1. Lydia WILLIAMS (GK), 2. Teigen ALLEN, 3.Lauren BARNES 5. Laura ALLEWAY, 6. Aivi LUIK, 7. Steph CATLEY (c), 9.Larissa CRUMMER, 10.Jessica FISHLOCK, 11.Erika TYMRAK, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 14.Melina AYRES, 15. Amy JACKSON, 16. Beverly YANEZ, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Jacynta GALABADAARACHCHI, 19. Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC, 20. Emily SHIELDS (GK) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 3. Lauren BARNES (returns from suspension), 14.Melina AYRES (promoted),