Key Battle: Palmer v Maher


Melbourne City FC are back in action in the W-League on Sunday afternoon when it takes on Canberra United.

City started off its season with a hard-fought scoreless draw in Brisbane against the Roar and Rado Vidosic will be hoping his team can pick up three points away from home come Sunday.

Canberra started its season strongly with a 4-3 win on Wednesday against Adelaide in a crazy contest which saw three goals scored in stoppage time.

In the heart of midfield for Canberra will be Grace Maher while Hollie Palmer will be looking to build on her solid start to her first season at City.

Last season Palmer appeared in all 12 of Brisbane’s fixtures while Maher made 10 appearances for Melbourne Victory.

Palmer started in five matches and played a total of 603 minutes while Maher started four times and played 440 minutes for the season.

The now Canberra midfielder made 9 clearances for the season and also had four interceptions compared to Palmer’s two clearances and five interceptions.

Palmer was the better tackler of the two, being successful with 90.9% of her tackles while Maher was successful with 37.5% of her tackles.

Both players averaged just over 35 passes per 90 minutes and Palmer was the more accurate hitting the target with 78.3% of her passes while 59.2% of Maher’s found a teammate.

Palmer scored twice from 10 shots and Maher didn’t find the back of the net last season from her seven attempts at goal.

Neither player caused many issues for the referee as both weren’t booked once for the whole season.


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