Facing just a three-day turnaround from a 2-0 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne City will be looking to bounce back when it takes on Adelaide United on Wednesday night at ServiceFM Stadium.
City’s three-game winning streak was ended following a strong showing from the Wanderers in Sydney on Sunday, handing the side just its second loss for the season.
The short turnaround means there will be little time for the side to dwell on the loss, instead giving City a chance to quickly right its wrongs and return to the winner’s circle once again.
With American attacker Emina Ekic out for the remainder of the season after fracturing her fibula in the win over Perth Glory, Sunday saw the ever reliable Rhianna Pollicina return to the starting line-up.
Matildas duo Karly Roestbakken and Emma Checker also continue to push for starting spots, both coming off the bench to play majority of the second half last time out.
With such a short turnaround between games, tomorrow’s match could see Vidosic opt for some squad rotation to ensure the side remains fit and firing for the entire season.
This could mean a first start of the season for both Roestbakken and Checker, with another game back home in Melbourne also fast approaching following Wednesday’s fixture in Adelaide.
Both clashes against Adelaide United saw City walk away with the three points last season, Pollicina netting a cracking goal in each fixture.
Hannah Wilkinson was also on the scoresheet with a brace in the clash in Melbourne and she’ll certainly be hoping to be back amongst the goals come Wednesday night.
City, who has scored the most goals of any team the competition so far (18), will be hoping it can quickly return to goalscoring ways after only finding the back of the net once in its last two fixtures.
It will be easier said than done against an Adelaide side that has allowed just six goals this season. Up the other end of the pitch, City’s defence – however it ends up looking – will be focussed on not letting the Reds add to their five goals so far in 2022/23.
A-League Women: Round 10
Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC
Wednesday 10 January, 7:00pm kick-off
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