ALW Preview: Western Sydney v City

Currently six points clear on top of the table, our A-League Women’s team is focused on continuing a strong run of form ahead of Unite Round this weekend.

Dario Vidosic’s squad will have their sights set on a fourth consecutive win when we face Western Sydney at CommBank Stadium on Sunday evening.

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Here are a few things to keep your eye on when we face the Wanderers for the second time this season.

Hattrick heroes to fire again?

It’s been a good fortnight for hattricks at Melbourne City, Daniela Galic and Emina Ekic both joining the club after Holly McNamara netted one earlier this season.

Ekic starred against Brisbane a couple of weeks ago putting in a great shift for her second Player of the Match performance in as many games.

The only downside was she picked up a slight injury niggle, which meant she wasn’t fit to start for our away trip to Adelaide United last weekend.

Galic would pick up the slack though, netting a hattrick and also a cracking assist inside just 34 minutes to inspire a 5-0 win.

Coming on as a late substitute, Ekic saw around 15 minutes of action and City fans will be hoping she is fit to start as we look to our hattrick heroes to turn it on again this weekend in Unite Round.

Keeping it tight at the back

After two clean sheets in our last three games, Vidosic will again be looking for a strong defensive performance.

Centre-back duo Rebekah Stott and Taylor Otto have been two of our best this season, while Lysianne Proulx has been in some great form in goal.

Coming up against a Western Sydney side who are in the bottom half of the competition in terms of goals scored, another good performance at the back could well lead to another clean sheet.

That being said, Vidosic’s side will be well aware of the threats posed by the Wanderers, only just getting the three points in a 4-3 result when we faced off back in Round 4.

If it ain’t broke?

Having scored five goals in each of our last two games, there’s no denying our City Women are flying right now.

The football the team has been playing has been very easy on the eye and City fans will hoping to see more of the same come Sunday’s Unite Round fixture.

You wouldn’t expect too many changes, with the most likely being a return for Emina Ekic on the wing.

This could result in Leticia McKenna being squeezed out given she was the replacement for Ekic last week, or we could possibly see Kaitlyn Torpey move to right-back in place of Naomi Chinnama to fit Ekic in.

It’s a good problem to have for Vidosic and having so many players in form is a great sign as we head into the second half of the season six points clear on top.

Match Details

A-League Women’s: Round 12

Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City FC

Sunday 14 January, 5:00pm

CommBank Stadium