W-League Preview: City v Canberra

The clash

Following last week's win in the Sunshine State, Melbourne City will look to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they host Canberra United on Thursday 9 January at ABD Stadium.

The team in City blue started the new year on the right foot with a 2-0 win against Brisbane Roar at Dolphin Stadium last week.

City started strong, with Captain Steph Catley whipping in a dangerous cross from the left wing which was palmed away by Mackenzie Arnold, before Serbian international Milica Mijatovic struck home on the rebound to open the scoring in the sixth minute.

The team held tight against the relentless attacks of the Roar strikers, and multiplied opportunities. It was Aivi Luik who doubled the advantage at the 74th with a low drive from just inside the area, securing City’s victory.

Despite their winning streak, Rado Vidosic’s side will need to be at their best on Thursday when they face Canberra for the second time in the competition. With their last game having been postponed due to the hazardous air quality in the capital city, there is no doubt the Green Machine will be a tough opponent looking to get revenge for their loss in Round 2.

If the two teams previous encounter is anything to go by, Heather Garriock's team will be a tough opponent to break down and City will need to take their chances. 

With just six games remaining in the competition and both teams hunting a top four finish, we’re set for an entertaining clash at ABD Stadium on Thursday night!

Last time they met

Canberra will be the first team City face for the second time this season, as they will be eager to repeat their Round 2 efforts, where they defeated their opponents 2-1 in the nation’s capital.

After a goalless first half, Canberra took the advantage at the 59th minute with an effort from Katie Stengel, before City hit back through Serbian international Milica Mijatovic. Just as the game looked headed for a draw, City earned a late spot kick which saw Emily van Egmond net the winner. 

Team News

See who's in and who's out in this week's Team News

How to watch

The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports! You can also stream it on Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.

Where and when

City will be hosting Canberra United at ABD Stadium on Thursday 9 January, kick off 7:30pm. Come watch our first match at home in 2020, get your tickets here!