Sydney FC look to build on W-League start

Sydney FC will look to consolidate on its opening round draw with defending Champions Brisbane Roar when they take on first up winner Melbourne Victory at Leichhardt Oval at 3pm this Saturday. As part of a National Youth League/W-League double header.

Sydney FC will look to consolidate on its opening round draw with defending Champions Brisbane Roar when they take on first up winner Melbourne Victory at Leichhardt Oval at 3pm this Saturday. As part of a National Youth League/W-League double header.

With premiers Sydney FC missing several key personnel and Melbourne opening in confident fashion, this encounter is set to be a very different prospect from the last time the pair met.

Last season-s semi-final saw a red-hot Sky Blues trounce the visiting Victory side 5-1 in an irresistible display from the premiers.

Missing this time around will be Sydney-s prolific goalscorers Kyah Simon and Leena Khamis, but there will be plenty of star power with the second and final appearance by USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe.

After a 2-0 win against Perth Glory last weekend, the Victory can take a five-point jump on their opponents with a win.

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Saturday 29 October 2011 Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Local kick-off: 3pm

Sydney FC Squad: - 1. Allison LIPSHER (gk), 20. Monique JACKSON (gk), 15. Thea SLATYER, 3. (C) Danielle BROGAN, 5. Estelle JOHNSON, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 4. Renee ROLLASON, Kylie LEDBROOK, Teresa POLIAS, 18. Megan RAPINOE, 9. Sarah WALSH, 12. Teigen ALLEN, 8. Caitlin FOORD, 13. Brittany WHITTFIELD, 14. Rachael SOUTAR

IIn: Allison Lipsher, Rachael Souter Out: Alisha Bass, Sham Khamis (both Australia U-17) Unavailable: 17. Kyah Simon, (injured), 7. Heather Garriock, (injured), 11. Victoria Balomenos (injured - season), 19. Khamis, Leena (Overseas - 3 weeks)

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Brianna DAVEY (gk), 2.Rebekah STOTT, 4.Kendall FLETCHER, 5. Danielle JOHNSON, 6. Rita MANKOWSKA, 7. Stephanie CATLEY, 8. Ashley BROWN, 9. Georgie KOUTROUVELIS, 10. Jodie TAYLOR (c), 11. Caitlin FRIEND, 13. Katrina GORRY 15. Amy JACKSON, 16. Louisa BISBY, 19. Laura SPIRANOVIC, 20. Cassandra Dimovski (gk)

In: 13. Katrina GORRY (returns from injury), 9. Georgie KOUTROUVELIS (promoted) Out: 3. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY (injured - 1-2 weeks), 14. Enza BARILLA Unavailable: 17. Gulcan Koca (overseas), 3. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY (injured - 1-2 weeks)