Melbourne City FC host Canberra United on Saturday 22 December, kick-off 5:00 pm. Ahead of the match, we take a look at the five things to look forward to.
Festive season continues
With the festive season in full swing, Melbourne City will be looking to head into Christmas with a valuable three-points against Canberra United at AAMI Park.
In a blockbuster double-header at the venue, City will look to claim the points against their opponents prior to the annual Christmas Derby between City and Melbourne Victory in the A-League.
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Following City’s 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets, Head Coach Rado Vidosic’s side will be looking to register back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
After a mixed start to the season, Vidosic’s side remains undefeated in their past two league fixtures, as they look to make a push towards booking a finals position in the second half of the season.
Fielding their strongest team to date against the Jets, City will look to gain winning momentum now that their squad is beginning to take shape.
Jas It Up!
City attacker Jasmyne Spencer has continued her impressive start to life in City blue, netting a sublime strike against the Jets in Newcastle.
With four goals in six matches, including a hattrick against Sydney FC, Spencer continues to deliver up front for Vidosic’s side.
Her speed, versatility and ability to find the back of the net from just about anywhere makes her one of the hardest players to match up on. There’s no doubt that her former side, Canberra United, will be looking to nullify her influence.
An open field
City might be sitting second from the bottom on the league table, but only three-points separates eighth from second in the Westfield W-League.
With six rounds played, the reigning champions will be looking to stamp their authority on the competition in the second half of the season.
With the league table as tight as can be, Saturday evening’s clash is shaping up to be an intriguing battle between two top-four aspirants.
City captain Steph Catley may have missed the opening five league fixtures due to knee surgery, but the left-back wasted no time making her presence felt in her comeback game against the Jets.
Despite only playing the first 45-minutes, Catley was an ever-dangerous presence on the field. From her attacking runs down the left-wing to her defensive work, the Matildas international proved that she has barely skipped a beat.
Better for the run, the City captain will be looking to build on her performance and play her part for the team against Canberra this weekend.