There’s just over a week now until the 2017/18 W-League season kicks off and with excitement building The Football Sack‘s Thomas Bell gives you the lowdown on each team’s chance – in 25 words or less.

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Adelaide United
Prediction: 8th
The locals are back but finding another golden goose or two among the flock of NWSL players will be necessary for a first finals appearance.

Brisbane Roar
Prediction: 6th
Raso’s return will boost two-time champions but a big form turn around will be needed after an underwhelming return from their Matildas last season.

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Canberra United
Prediction: 3rd
Coach Heather Garriock gets her W-League chance and brings half the Young Matildas with her. Are thereabouts but maybe a few years from being there.

Melbourne City
Prediction: 1st
The team to beat again. Set to stock up on Matildas and improve the quality of their internationals. Would put your house on a three-peat.

Melbourne Victory
Prediction: 5th
A few strong local additions, a returning Natasha Dowie and a two time championship winning coach Jeff Hopkins. The Victory could be back.

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Newcastle Jets
Prediction: 7th
Tough, difficult to beat, but have they found the goals to finally break into the top 4? Unlikely but the Jets are built on surprises.

Perth Glory
Prediction: 4th
Having the best player in the world helps but Perth must find enough goals from elsewhere while Kerr is being triple marked.

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Sydney FC
Prediction: 2nd
Squad full of fringe Matildas should see them into the finals but De Vanna alone isn’t enough to bridge the gap with Melbourne City.

Western Sydney Wanderers
Prediction: 9th
Risky internationals and a very new squad mean a difficult season could be ahead for Western Sydney if they don’t gel fast.

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