Canberra United will head into the final W-League round seeking not only redemption, but a genuine shot at the title.

While United’s 1-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers will serve as motivation enough, their meeting with Melbourne Victory could have a huge impact on the final standings.

As the W-League prepares to wrap up its regular season, let’s look forward to three big points ahead of Saturday’s match.

Finals race heats up

Both sides may be at opposite ends of the table but Saturday’s encounter is crucial in terms of the finals make up. Canberra currently sit in second spot on ladder with 20 points, equal with Perth Glory and two behind Sydney FC. With Perth facing the Wanderers away and Sydney travelling to meet an inform Adelaide United, Canberra have a real opportunity to come away with the Premiership. A win against the Victory and nothing more than a draw for Sydney and Perth would do just that.

Nothing left to lose

By all accounts, Victory haven’t had an awful season but have fallen away in the wake of their fellow cellar-dwellers hitting some form in recent weeks. A pulsating 2-2 draw with Canberra early in the season as well as a historic first Melbourne Derby win. English striker Natasha Dowie currently sits third in the Golden Boot standings with nine strikes to her name and there is no doubt Jeff Hopkins’ side will be a dangerous proposition with nothing to lose.

Firepower

Canberra have set the league ablaze this season with an impressive 28 goals, 10 of those courtesy of Ash Sykes. Such a statistic is hardly surprising when one takes a look at some of the names up top, including Michele Heyman, Lisa De Vanna and of course, Sykes. Coupled with United’s midfield engine of Yukari Kinga, Celeste Boureille and Grace Maher, Canberra’s strikers usually have a lot to work with. Last week was no exception with the visitors conjuring 26 shots to the Wanderers’ nine. What did come as a shock was the big fat zero on the scoreboard at full-time. Coming up against a wounded Victory side could help correct that this week and with Michele Heyman still out, it could be the perfect platform for the likes of Jasmyne Spencer and De Vanna to hit some form before the finals.

Canberra face the Victory at McKellar Park on Saturday at 4pm.

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