Canberra United are back at McKellar Park, this time hosting competition leaders Melbourne City for Round 15 of the 2023/24 Liberty A-League Women’s season,
It’s a must win clash for United, coming off the back of a two-goal loss to the Wellington Phoenix at Porirua Park in the previous round.
The visiting side are also coming into this game following a defeat, having fallen to Western United last weekend.
That was only their third loss of the season, with the previous two coming in Rounds 7 and 12. They’ve won on nine occasions in 14 games, with two draws, and currently sit six points clear at the top of the table.
United have already faced off against City this season, all the way back in Round Two. On that occasion, City came out on top in a hard-fought encounter, winning two goals to one.
Despite being at opposite ends of the table, the two sides are first and second for goals scored so far this season. City are top with 31, and Canberra second with 25.
28 of City’s 30 goals have come through five players, with Daniela Galic’s recent hattrick against Adelaide highlighting their attacking prowess from all over the park and cementing her status as a star of the A-League Women’s.
Canberra do boast the two leaders of the golden boot race, with Michelle Heyman and Vesna Milivojevic both on nine goals this campaign. With City’s defence having shipped 22 goals this season, they will certainly be keeping an eye one the dangerous duo of Heyman and Milivojevic.
They won’t be the only two that the visitors will have to keep an eye on. Winger Nickoletta Flannery is in line for a return from a minor groin strain and will prove a handful if selected. New Zealand International Deven Jackson has started the last five of United’s games and is another to keep an eye on.
Sunday 4 February 2024
Canberra United v Melbourne City
(McKellar Park, 17:00)