When the fixtures were released for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season, everyone knew this Round 14 encounter was going to hold some serious significance.
Not only because Sydney FC and Melbourne City have built up an intense rivalry over the years, but because fans knew this clash would play a big role in some form or another.
And they weren’t wrong.
Should Sydney FC win Thursday night’s fixture in Wollongong, they will book their place in the Westfield W-League 2019 Finals Series, and perhaps even finish on top of the pack if other results go their way.
Melbourne City on the other hand need to win by a big margin and hope Perth Glory are beaten heavily against Melbourne Victory in order scrape into the top four.
Some fans would point to City’s 3-1 win over Sydney FC earlier this season as an indicator of what may be in store for the Sky Blues.
However, Ante Juric’s side are a different prospect following the return of his Westfield Matildas stars and the full fitness of his internationals.
The Sky Blues were unlucky not to grab all three points against Melbourne Victory last time out, twice being pegged back by Emily Gielnik and Natasha Dowie in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
28 goals in 13 games sees Sydney FC lead the league in goals scored, and hungry for more as they look to hit the best possible form leading into the finals.
With so much on the line for both sides, you can expect a fiery encounter that’ll be remembered for years to come.
Ins and Outs
Sydney FC squad: 1.Aubrey BLEDSOE (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 5.Ally GREEN, 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 7.Rachael SOUTAR, 8.Amy HARRISON, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 10.Savannah McCASKILL, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Natalie TOBIN, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 20.Princess IBINI, 21.Julia VIGNES, 22.Sofia HUERTA, 23.Danielle COLAPRICO, 30.Trudy BURKE (gk),
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Aubrey BLEDSOE (return from family commitments), 7.Rachel SOUTAR (promoted), 21.Julia VIGNES (promoted)
Outs: 40.Katie OFFER (not selected)
Unavailable: 18.Taylor RAY (knee - indefinite), 19.Amy SAYER (foot - indefinite)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 3.Lauren BARNES, 4.Chelsea BLISSETT, 5.Helen CACERES, 7.Steph CATLEY, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 11.Rhali DOBSON, 12.Adriana JONES, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 15.Amy JACKSON, 16.Sofia SAKALIS, 22.Jasmyne SPENCER, 23.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 26.Hailie MACE, 31.Tameka BUTT, 88.Theresa NIELSEN
**two to be omitted**
In: 4.Chelsea BLISSETT (promoted), 16.Sofia SAKALIS (promoted)
Unavailable: 17.Kyah SIMON (ankle – season)
How to watch
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