5 things to look forward to: Victory v City

Following a lengthy period on the sidelines, we’re back in action on Sunday when we take on Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium. Ahead of the blockbuster clash, we take a look at the five things we’re looking forward to.

The wait is over!

It’s been just under a month since we last took to the field in the Westfield W-League.

A bye and international break later, we’re finally back in action this weekend!

Putting in the hard yards over the past month, Head Coach Rado Vidosic’s side will be eager to continue their tremendous run of form when they return to action against archrivals Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday 16 February.

Derby Day

It’s a match that always means more. It’s mate against mate, family against family, neighbour against neighbour. It’s the Melbourne Derby and there’s a lot riding on this one!

As we hunt down the Premiership Plate, Victory have it all to play for as they fight to secure a spot in the top four and ultimately a place in the 2019/20 finals series.

With so much at stake for both teams, we’re set for an intriguing battle between two fierce rivals that always produce a great show.

Red-hot Tillies

Despite a lengthy break in league football, our six Westfield Matildas have been in Olympic Qualifier action over the past fortnight.

Standout performers, our Australian internationals have been superb for their nation. Leading the way, Emily van Egmond netted her first international hattrick to go alongside a flurry of assists, while Kyah Simon returned to career-best form netting for the Matildas for the first time in 670 days.

Skipper Steph Catley scored a rare goal for her country, while Ellie Carpenter continues to flourish on the biggest stage.

With the Matildas returning to Melbourne ahead of Sunday’s Derby, they’ll be looking to continue their strong run of form.

A Watt debut on the cards?

American speedster Ally Watt will be eager to don the City jersey for the first time this Sunday.

Since arriving at the Club in January, Watt has impressed at training as well as in three behind-closed-doors friendlies.

An attacker who possesses raw speed, Watt has showcased her impressive finishing ability and great footwork.

In-form teams

Sitting top of the table with eight consecutive wins, Head Coach Rado Vidosic's side entered the break full of confidence and flying on the pitch. 

A string of strong performances led to six-point gap at the top, as the side continued to build momentum with each performance. 

City might be flying, but Victory aren't too far behind. The last time Victory lost a game was in Round 5 against City. Since then, Jeff Hopkins' side has gone unbeaten for five matches, including a string four consecutive wins. 

With both teams full of confidence, we're set for a massive clash on Sunday at Lakeside Stadium, kick off 4:00pm.