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Dec 09, 2023   |  4:14PM AET

Liberty A-League Match Preview | Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory

Liberty A-League Match Preview | Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory

Match Details:

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
Date: Sunday 10 December
Time: Kick-off: 2pm (AEDT)
Location: Porirua Park, Wellington

PREVIEW

Our girls in blue are back from international break and are looking to continue their unbeaten run of form.

Heading into Round 7, Jeff Hopkins’ side are unbeaten in their last four league games.

Kurea Okino found the back of the net last week for her first-ever A-Leagues and Club goal while American McKenzie Weinert scored a last-gasp winner to send the HoTM ablaze as Victory held on to secure its third win of the season.

Muprhy, Nash and O’Grady return from international duty with the Young Matildas in a two-game friendly against China.

Emma Checker returns to the extended squad after a hamstring injury that left the Matilda on the sidelines and will look to play as much as she can on Sunday.

Wellington head coach Paul Temple concedes the team’s morale has taken a hit after a challenging week for the Wellington Phoenix women.

Phoenix midfielder Chloe Knott was released from the remainder of her contract after electing to put her professional football career on hold, and centre back Marisa van der Meer suffered a season-ending knee injury while on Football Ferns duty.

Mackenzie Barry, Michaela Foster, Kate Taylor, Brianna Edwards and Manaia Elliott only returned to Wellington on Friday morning, having to take four flights to get home from Colombia.

LAST TIME

Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Melbourne Victory
April 1, 2023
Sky Stadium, Wellington

HEAD TO HEAD

2022/23 (Dec 4): Melbourne Victory 1-0 Wellington Phoenix
2021/22 (Feb 4) Wellington Phoenix 0-2 Melbourne Victory

SQUAD

Melbourne Victory Women

1.Lydia WILLIAMS, 2.Jamilla RANKIN, 3.Tori HANSEN, 4.Sara D’APPOLONIA, 5.Jessika NASH, 6.Beattie GOAD, 7.Ella O’GRADY, 8.Alana MURPHY, 10.McKenzie WEINERT, 13.Kurea OKINO, 15.Emma CHECKER, 16.Paige ZOIS, 18.Kayla MORRISON, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI, 20.Miranda TEMPLEMAN, 21.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 22.Ava BRIEDIS, 23.Rachel LOWE, 24.Laura PICKETT, 27.Rosie CURTIS

Ins: 15.Emma CHECKER, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI, 24.Laura PICKETT, 27.Rosie CURTIS

Outs: nil

Unavailable: 9.Emily GIELNIK