Two hungry teams will take the pitch at Marconi Stadium on Sunday as Western Sydney Wanderers host Adelaide United.
The pair have just one point between them after two rounds of the competition, and though United have played just once, they will be anxious not to fall too far behind the leading pack. These two side have a well-contested record with one apiece from six previous meetings.
The Wanderers open their home fixtures for the season in the wake of defeats at Perth Glory (4-2) and, perhaps more painfully, Sydney FC (2-0). In truth, coach Rich Byrne has a significantly changed squad to mould together into a cohesive unit. There are a quartet of American imports for local fans to catch for the first time and, notably, Joey Burgess returns to her old stomping ground for a home match for the first time in many years.
There was a lot to like when Adelaide opening their season with a 3-3 draw against Melbourne Victory, ahead of last week’s bye. Maintaining that momentum after a week’s break is the challenge now. However United will be without young guns Emily Condon and Grace Abbey, while experienced goal poacher Racheal Quigley remains absent with injury.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Venue: Marconi Stadium
Kick-Off: 3:00PM (Local) (3:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Kelly Jones
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Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER (c), 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 6.Kendall FLETCHER, 7.Sarah YATIM, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Paige NIELSEN, 11.Georgia PLESSAS, 12.Rachel LOWE, 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA, 14.Alex ARLITT, 15.Ellie CARPENTER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 23.Joey BURGESS, 30.Courtney NEWBON (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Chloe O’BRIEN (promoted), 7.Sarah YATIM (promoted), 16.Alix ROBERTS (promoted), 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU (promoted)
Outs: 3.Nikola ORGILL (not selected), 5.Helen PETINOS (not selected)
Unavailable: 22.Casey DUMONT (gk) (leg – 2 weeks)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND, 4.Emily HODGSON, 5.MÔNICA, 6.Ally LADAS, 7.Stella RIGON (c), 9.Marijana RAJCIC, 11.Sofia HUERTA, 12.Adriana JONES, 15.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 16.Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS, 17.Dragana KLJAJIC, 18.Isabella SCALZI, 20.Sarah WILLACY (gk), 24.Danielle COLAPRICO, 25.Katie NAUGHTON, 30.Alex CHIDIAC **two to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk) (promoted), 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND (promoted), 30.Alex CHIDIAC (returns from international duty)
Outs: 21.Claudia JENKINS (gk) (not selected)
Unavailable: 8.Emily CONDON (illness – indefinite), 10.Racheal QUIGLEY (quad – 2 weeks), 14.Grace ABBEY (illness – indefinite)