Match Preview - Top-of-the-league at stake in Victory clash
All eyes in the Westfield W-League will be turned to Victoria on Friday afternoon when Perth Glory travel to face Melbourne Victory.
Both sides sit equal on points on the ladder, narrowly behind first-placed Brisbane Roar with an opportunity to claim top spot.
Glory travel to Victoria on a high after Sam Kerr’s aerial double saw the West Australians claim a 2-1 win over a strong Sydney FC side. Despotovski’s side remain the only one undefeated in the league after 7 matches, winning three and drawing four games, with the lethal Kerr netting 8 goals in 6 matches.
Meanwhile, the Victorians will be looking to revive their stunning early season form after two thrilling losses to Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United in the week leading up to Christmas. Particularly, Glory will be wary of the mercurial Natasha Dowie; the ex-Liverpool striker has bagged six goals for the Navy Blue this season.
Glory were boosted by the return of talented youngster Jacynta Galabadaarachchi last week, with only Isabella Foletta out for the Victory clash with muscle soreness. Victory’s entire squad is available to take the field on Friday.
With both teams possessing brilliant attacking prowess in the front third, it’s set to be an exhilarating match at AAMI Park. Tune in on SBS Viceland or Fox Sports Football to take in the must-see Westfield W-League clash this Friday.
Ins and outs
Melbourne Victory squad: 1. Casey DUMONT (GK), 3. Teigan ALLEN, 5. Laura ALLEWAY, 6. Annabel MARTIN, 7. Christine NAIRN, 8. Angela BEARD, 9. Natasha DOWIE (c), 10. Kyra COONEY-CROSS, 11. MelindaJ BARBIERI, 14. Melina AYRES, 15. Emily GIELNIK, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17. Danielle WEATHERHOLT, 18. Grace MAHER, 19. Lia PRIVITELLI, 20. Bethany MASON-JONES (GK), 21. Ella MASTRANTONIO
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 10. Kyra COONEY-CROSS (promoted), 18. Grace MAHER (promoted)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Alyssa MAUTZ , 5.Shannon MAY, 7.Nicole STANTON , 9.Rachel HILL, 10.Jacynta GALABADAARACHCHI, 11.Leticia McKENNA , 12.Jenna ONIONS, 13.Jamie-Lee GALE , 14.Caitlin DOEGLAS, 15.Alexia MORENO, 20.Sam KERR (c), 21. Morgan AQUINO (gk) 22.Abbey GREEN, 24.Natasha RIGBY, 25.Katie NAUGHTON
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 14.Caitlin DOEGLAS (promoted), 15.Alexia MORENO (promoted), 21. Morgan AQUINO (gk) (returns from injury)
Outs: 23.Stacey CAVILL (gk) (not selected)
Unavailable: 18.Isabella FOLETTA (general soreness – 1 week)
How to watch
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to catch this clash, with kick-off at 5:20pm AEDT. Alternatively, you can watch the match live and free-to-air on SBS VICELAND. You can also stream the match live on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers. For viewers outside Australia and New Zealand without a broadcasting rights holder, you can watch games on the My Football Youtube channel.