W-League | City aiming for back-to-back titles

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Top of the table Canberra United will host reigning premiers Melbourne City at GIO Stadium on Sunday, as temperatures are expected to exceed 38-degrees.

 

The story so far… 

Melbourne City’s bid to win back-to-back titles will be challenged as they battle top side Canberra United in a do or die clash on Sunday.

Melbourne will be searching for its third trophy this season after the men’s side claimed the FFA Cup in November and the juniors won the National Youth League final on Saturday.

For Melbourne City’s women, they have suffered from ‘second year syndrome’. After a purple patch including 18 consecutive victories spanning across two W-League seasons, their performance reversed as they went on a frustrating six-game winless streak.

Fortunately, the women in light blue will be filled with confidence entering Sunday’s semi-final after winning their last two games of the Home & Away season against Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets – their first back-to-back victories in almost two months.

 

They’ll beat Canberra United because…

Finals Series’ in any sport are different to the home & away season. The games’ are fiercer, the passion is stronger and the will to win is obvious.

Entering the clash against Canberra United having won their last two games in convincing fashion will certainly be confidence-boosting for City.

While Canberra, unlike City, are yet to win a W-League title and the lack of high-pressure experience when it matters may haunt them come Sunday.

 

They’ll lose to Canberra United because…

Canberra United finished on the top of the table for good reason: they were the most consistent performers across the 12-game season.

These two sides last met on December 10, a match where Canberra were victorious, winning 2-1.

Earning the three points in their most recent meeting will instil confidence in the Canberra side, knowing they possess what it takes to beat City – the most dominant team since W-League’s establishment.

The game is forecast to be played in 38-degree weather. The ACT have experienced a scorching January and that may be be advantageous for the home side as they have played and trained in the difficult conditions.

 

Will City win the W-League?

If they play at their best, yes.

That is a big if and poses the main question, will City replicate their form from the 2015/16 W-League season?

At the beginning of the season, many claimed City women were unstoppable especially after winning their first two games, but their form came to an extraordinary halt and we witnessed a rapid wilting of form.

City are able to impose themselves on games, be ruthless and are feared by their opposition.

The women in light blue must start their finals campaign the same way they finished off the regular season, with all engines firing, if they are any chance of winning back-to-back W-League titles.

 

Best moment of the season so far…

It may not have been the prettiest or most comprehensive win of the season, but City’s 3-1 win over Roar to end their own six-game winless streak was integral to their chances of winning a second W-League title.

Rebekah Stott was outstanding scoring a brace to end Roar’s slight chances of a finals berth.

City dominated the entire game, had 64% of possession and had 10 shots inside the box to Roar’s two, and if it weren’t for ‘keeper Georgina Worth, the score could have been much worse.

 

Key player…

Regarded as one of the best talents in women’s football, Jess Fishlock played a starring midfield role in City’s inaugural campaign, where she featured 11 times and scored two goals as the club secured a historic Premiership and Championship double.

Fishlock has been fantastic for City again this season, acting as the facilitator of many attacking plays and leading from the front as player/coach.

Her superb performances earned her a promotion from assistant coach to coach as Joe Montemurro took up a role with the club’s men’s team.

 

Injuries/Suspensions…

None.

 

Prediction…

City and Canberra have met two times this season with the away recording a 2-1 victory each time.

However, this time I think Canberra win 2-1 in regular time.

There are so many attacking options for Canberra, a team who scored 33 goals in 12 games, and City won’t have the answers for players like Ashleigh Sykes and Grace Maher.

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