W-League preview: Victory v City


Melbourne Victory hosts City in a Westfield W-League Derby clash at Epping Stadium on Sunday.

Despite a brilliant strike by Melina Ayres, Victory was edged 2-1 by Brisbane Roar in its previous outing.

Jeon Ga-eul (ankle) missed that clash, while Natasha Dowie (head), Laura Alleway (ankle) and Christina Gibbons (hamstring) picked up injuries.

Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins said his team was hungry to bounce back in the Melbourne Derby.

“We sat down after training and went through a number of things with the game in Brisbane, but we came out of the analysis quite positive,” he said.

“The girls took it on the chin, they knew there were things they didn’t do well enough, but I felt they had a real resolve coming out of there to put things right.

“We’re looking forward to the game on the weekend so for me that was exactly what I want.

“We’ve got time leading in where we can work on a few things defensively and on the attacking side of things.

“By Saturday, we’ll know the line-up and we would’ve done a fair bit of work on how we’re going to try stop them and how we’re going to try and break them down so I think by then we should be ready for the game and raring to go.”

The past two derbies have been hard-fought encounters, with Victory claiming a 2-0 win late last season and City edging the clash earlier this campaign 1-0.

Victory is seventh on the table, nine points behind fourth-placed City but having played a game less.

Victory members receive free entry to all Westfield W-League home games this season. For non-members, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for concession and $5 for juniors, with kids under three free.

Westfield W-League 2017/18 Round 11
Melbourne Victory v City
Sunday, January 14, 4.30pm AEDT
Epping Stadium, Melbourne