Preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United

What a match awaits at Central Coast Stadium as the unheralded Wanderers tackle champions Canberra United with second spot potentially up for grabs.

Few would have predicted such a scenario at the start of the season with Western Sydney Wanderers boasting a young and largely unknown squad.

The Wanderers, however, have been a revelation and their unexpected showing has been somewhat of a metaphor for this season’s Westfield W-League where upsets have been standard.

The Wander Women have never previously reached the Westfield W-League finals, and they are yet to defeat Canberra in five previous attempts.

And they will rarely have a better opportunity to knock over the team from the nation’s capital, with Canberra without a trio of stars players absent on Westfield Matildas duty – Michelle Heyman, Caitlin Munoz and Lydia Williams.

The Wanderers, in contrast, are effectively at full strength and will hope to have a sizeable support on hand, with the match to precede the Hyundai A-League contest between the Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners.

It will be the second opportunity for the youthful Wanderers side to strut their stuff in front of the Fox Sports/ABC TV cameras. And the match will be particularly poignant for Wanderers attacker Helen Petinos whose partner – Central Coast Mariners midfielder Anthony Caceres – will be on show in the second match of the afternoon.

The match, which takes place at the halfway point of the 14-round season, will be yet another opportunity for the Wanderers to provide evidence of their new-found status, while for United it will be an opportunity to build momentum after a stuttering start to the season.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United
Sunday 29 November 2015
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Local kick-off: 2pm
(Hyundai A-League double-header)

* Watch all the action Live from 2.00pm nationally on Fox Sports (Channel 505), or ABC TV. Or catch-up on ABC iView.

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Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1. Teagan Micah (gk), 3. Carmelina Moscato, 4. Chloe O’Brien, 6. Rachael Soutar, 7. Helen Petinos, 8. Erica Halloway, 9. Elizabeth Grey, 10. Michelle Carney, 11. Keelin Winters (c), 12. Hannah Beard, 14. Demi Koulizakis, 15. Ellie Carpenter, 16. Linda O’Neill, 17. Alix Roberts, 20. Jada Whyman (gk)

Ins: none

Outs: none

Unavailable: Caitlin Cooper (leg – season), Kendall Johnson (leg- indefinite)

Canberra United squad: 2. Catherine Brown, 3. Julia De Angelis, 4. Kendall Fletcher, 5. Jenna McCormick, 7. Ellie Brush, 8. Meg McLaughlin, 9. Grace Gill, 13. Nicole Begg (c), 14. Ashleigh Sykes, 15. Emma Checker, 16. Tegan Riding, 17. Veronica Perez, 18. Rebecca Kiting, 19. Nickoletta Flannery, 20. Melissa Maizels (gk), 22. Georgia Boric (gk)

Ins: Catherine Brown, Meg McLaughlin, Grace Gill (all promoted), Georgia Boric (goalkeeper replacement)

Outs: Lydia Williams, Caitlin Munoz, Michelle Heyman (all Westfield Matildas)

Unavailable: Emma Kete (calf - 2 weeks)