Melbourne City could have all to play for in its final game of the regular season, set to take on Canberra United at AAMI Park.
With both sides in a battle for a spot in the Finals, Sunday’s game is set to decide City’s season as it looks to lock in a spot in the top four.
Here’s what you need to know.
Finals on the line!
This weekend’s final-round clash is shaping up as a big one, with both teams in a tight battle for a spot in the hotly contested top four.
We sit 3rd on the table on 29 points but with Canberra United and Melbourne Victory hot on our heels on 28 points, this three-way battle is set to go right down to the wire with only two spots left for the three teams to fight for.
Should Melbourne Victory beat Wellington Phoenix tomorrow, then Sunday’s game suddenly becomes do or die for City’s finals hopes.
If Victory lose then City are safe regardless of Sunday’s result, while a Victory draw would also work well for City, as long we don’t cop a huge defeat to Canberra.
Regardless of what happens on Saturday, Dario Vidosic’s squad will no doubt be heading into Sunday’s game with the sole intention of securing all three points – the perfect way to lead into a Finals campaign with the Championship up for grabs.
Time to bounce back
For 70 minutes of our game against Perth Glory at Macedonia Park, we looked in total control of the contest and on track to cement a Finals spot.
Then in the blink of an eye, the game completely flipped on its head and we saw the ball sail into the back of our net twice within two minutes.
In that frantic final twenty minutes we saw a whopping six goals scored and suddenly, our City Women were walking off the pitch on the wrong side of the scoreline after doing so many things well for so much of the contest.
With plenty to play for this weekend, we’ll need to quickly brush off the loss and try and bottle that first 70 minutes into a complete and polished performance this Sunday.
Final game of the season
There’s no better time to get down to AAMI Park to support your City Women than Sunday’s blockbuster against Canberra United.
City’s final game of the regular season is back at AAMI Park and it will be kicking off at 5:40pm as the second leg of a City football doubleheader.
It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, with plenty of City support set to come out in force to will both teams on from the stands.
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How have our opponents been travelling?
Following the decision to overturn the points deduction from its win over Sydney FC, Canberra United are now well and truly back in the hunt for finals.
Despite enduring a horror run home where it has faced three top-four teams in consecutive weeks, Canberra’s strong form has given it a chance of scraping into finals.
United has managed to knock off a few of the big hitters this season, fresh off a 3-0 win over the 2nd-placed Western United as well as picking up a point against Victory the week prior.
What happened last time?
City had a day out against Canberra United last time these two teams met in December of last year, racking up four goals on the road to record an emphatic win.
Led by a Rhianna Pollicina brace, Maria Jose Rojas and Daniela Galic also got in on the goal scoring action.
City played a possession-heavy game that day and it will be hoping to replicate that kind of performance come Sunday.