As our W-League stars prepare for Saturday’s Grand Final, we take a look at the five things we’re looking forward to ahead of the decider.
Melbourne City FC will be aiming to take out its fourth championship in the clubs fifth season in the W-League.
City will also this season have the advantage of playing at home, unlike its two most recent grand final wins.
Sydney FC will also be on the hunt to become the first W-League team to win four championships and will look to win their second in a row after having beaten Perth Glory 4-2 in last year’s decider.
Doing the double
After winning the premiership, City will also be attempting to complete the double with a grand final win on Saturday.
If City can do this, they will become the first team to do so since the 2015-16 season when they also pulled off the same feat.
Just three other teams have done this; the Roar in 2008-09, Sydney in 2009 and Canberra in 2011-12.
An unbeaten campaign
After going through the season undefeated, City are now just one win away from going through the entire 2018-19 W-League campaign without recording a loss.
The club also achieved this in its record breaking 2015-16 season and no other team has been able to achieve the same feat in the history of the W-League.
If City are able to win Saturday’s grand final, this will demonstrate just how dominant the team has been this season.
Grand final debuts
While the club has been extremely successful since joining the W-League, there are a number of players who are in line to appear in their first W-League grand final.
Ellie Carpenter and Emily van Egmond will both appear in a grand final for the first time in their respective W-League careers, while foreign attackers Claire Emslie, Milica Mijatovic and Ally Watt are also in line to appear in a W-League grand final in their first season in the league.
Last game of the season
With the W-League season concluding after this Saturday’s grand final, this will be your last chance to see City play until later this year.
While the game is unfortunately going to be played behind closed doors due to the current situation with COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways to tune in.
The match will be broadcast live on both Fox Sports and ABC while you also will be able to stream the game through Kayo, ABC iView, or the MyFootball app.