Team News: City’s Round 5 squad

The team is in for Thursday night’s Round 5 clash with Melbourne Victory. See who’s in and who’s out of this week’s side.

Melbourne City will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season to five matches when they host crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory at ABD Stadium on Thursday 12 December.

City has been bolstered by the return of Matildas international Aivi Luik and the promotion of Junior Matildas star Nia Stamatopoulos.

Following four games outside of Melbourne to open the season, City host their first clash in Melbourne when the take on Melbourne Victory at ABD Stadium on Thursday 12 December, kick off 7:30pm. The clash marks the first of back-to-back games at the venue, with City hosting Perth Glory next Thursday 19 December, kick off 7:30pm. Get your tickets here

Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 3.Lauren BARNES, 4.Chelsea BLISSETT, 6.Aivi LUIK, 7.Steph CATLEY (c), 8.Nia STAMATOPOULOS, 9.Claire EMSLIE, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Rhali DOBSON, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 15.Emma CHECKER, 16.Sofia SAKALIS, 17.Kyah SIMON, 20.Milica MIJATOVIC, 21.Ellie CARPENTER, 23.Melissa HUDSON (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 6.Aivi LUIK (promoted), 8.Nia STAMATOPOULOS (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 19.Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC (hamstring)