WWL Preview: Wanderers to take on Victory

The Western Sydney Wanderers Westfield W-League team visit the LaTrobe Valley this Sunday afternoon when they take on league leaders Melbourne Victory in Round Five of the Westfield W-League.

The Wander Women will be looking to secure their first points of the season after last weekend’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

It was a familiar tale on Saturday night at Marconi Stadium with the Wanderers creating numerous chances but failing to find the back of the net.

As has been the case all season, the Red & Black were competitive but the finishing in the final third was lacking.

Melbourne Victory head into the match off the back of a 3-2 win over Sydney FC at Kogarah on Sunday. A Natasha Dowie hat trick powered the Victorian outfit to the outright top spot on the Westfield W-league table. 

Both meetings between the two sides last season finished 1-1 with Erica Halloway scoring in the first match at Lakeside Stadium and Susan Phonsongkham smashing home one of the goals of the season in the return match at ANZ Stadium.

The Wanderers had the lead in both games before Dowie scored the equaliser on both occasions.

Dowie will again be a key player to watch on Sunday with her red-hot goal scoring form sure to test the tough Wanderers defence.

Midfielder Christine Nairn will also be a player the Wander Women will want to shut down with the American leading the league in the number of scoring chances created with 14 to her name his season.

Wanderers' custodian goalkeeper Jada Whyman has had a solid season so far in between the sticks, making 12 saves in four games.

The Red & Black will be looking to build on the chances they’ve created with Kylie Ledbrook leading the line in creating nine scoring chances this season.

The attacking duo of Leena Khamis and Remy Siemsen will be looking to take advantage of these opportunities and start finding the back of the net for any chance of making finals this season.

It should be another exciting fixture between the two interstate rivals with kick-off set for 4:00pm at Latrobe City Stadium.