Friday night football returns to Western Sydney as the Wanderers welcome Melbourne Victory to a double header at ANZ Stadium.
It marks the third and final double header bill for the Wanderers, with the Wander Women taking on Victory in Round 12 of the Westfield W-League before the men do battle in Round 17 of the Hyundai A-League.
For Rich Byrne’s Westfield W-League outfit, Friday's fixture is their last home match of the season, with back-to-back away games to Perth and Sydney FC remaining to finish off the regular season.
Following last week’s 2-0 loss to Canberra United, the Wanderers are sitting in eighth place, nine points adrift of fourth place, meaning a maiden finals berth is effectively out of the question.
It’s been a frustrating season for the Red & Black, who have shown plenty of promise and have taken teams to the brink but have been unable to capitalise where it counts.
They’ll be looking to end things on the right note though and will be aiming to join the Victory on 10 points with a win on Friday night.
Meanwhile in the Hyundai A-League, the stage is set for a typically entertaining encounter between the Wanderers and the Victory.
After the Red & Black’s 1-1 draw in Wellington and Melbourne’s 3-2 win over Perth, the sixth-placed Wanderers sit four points behind the fourth-placed Victory.
With a game in hand, a win for Josep Gombau’s men on Friday night would be massive in the context of the season as they aim to continue their undefeated start to 2018.
The two sides last met in Round 5 at Etihad Stadium where a Thomas Deng goal cancelled out Oriol Riera’s opener to rescue a point for a 10-men Victory.
Neither side will be content with a point on Friday night, as the competition enters the final third of the season.