Match Preview: City v Western United

Dario Vidosic’s Women’s squad will be aiming to continue its perfect start to the season this Saturday evening when it hosts Western United.

Currently three from three and firing on all cylinders, City is set to face its new cross-town rivals for the first time in competitive action.

Western has also enjoyed a strong start to the season and is the only other team in the competition standing alongside City as not having dropped a point.

One of the two teams (if not both) will see that streak come to an end on Saturday though, as City gets set for its first of four home matches at AAMI Park.

It’s tough to know where to start when talking about City’s squad this season, given its been so impressive across the pitch.

The combination of youth and experience at the back in Naomi Chinnama and Katie Bowen has been rock solid, while the goalkeepers union of Sally James and Melissa Barbieri has been just as reliable.

City has conceded just twice this season and will hoping to record a second clean sheet of the campaign come Saturday evening.

Further up the pitch, City’s attack has been the most potent in the league, netting an average of four goals a game after three fixtures.

Both Bryleeh Henry and Maria Jose Rojas will have their eyes on extending their goalscoring streaks, having scored in every fixture so far this season.

Since joining City, the hard-working Henry has already doubled her goal-scoring tally since making her debut in the league in 2020.

The attacking duo has been well fed from the midfield and wide areas, with the likes of Rhianna Pollicina and Emina Ekic also causing plenty of trouble for opposition defences in recent weeks.

Match Details

Liberty A-League: Round 5

Melbourne City FC v Western United


Saturday 17 December, 5:05pm kick-off