20/04/2024

Melbourne City's Holly McNamara (L) and Hannah Wilkinson (R) celebrate. (Image: Melbourne City/Instagram)

Melbourne City has the chance to tighten the gap to first-placed Sydney FC in the A-League Women, when they face off on Sunday afternoon.

The A-League Women’s all-important top-of-the-table-clash between Melbourne City and Sydney FC is sure to heat up the race for the top four.

Sydney FC currently perch atop of the A-League Women, undefeated with 29 points in 11 matches. Not far behind in second, sit City, on 24 points from 10 matches.

A City win would not only tighten the gap between the two, but also decreases its chance of falling into the grasp of Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United, in third and fourth respectively.

However, City are likely to be without top scorer Hannah Wilkinson and Rhianna Pollicina for the clash with the Sky Blues, after sustaining knocks against Perth Glory last weekend.

Rhianna Pollicina celebrates her opening goal against Perth Glory last week. (Image: Melbourne City/Instagram)

In-form young gun Holly McNamara said the upcoming fixture is “going to be a huge game”.

]“Especially [as Sydney are] coming off that two-all draw with [Melbourne] Victory,” she said.

League leaders Sydney FC have already featured in two games this week – with the match against Melbourne City to be their third within seven days.

Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic is expecting the Sky Blues to be a bit fatigued.

“We need to beat them…we expect them to be tired…we need to stay in the game,” he said.

“We have to win…we’re going to try to utilise our strengths as much as we can.”

The head coach’s comments were backed up by McNamara, as she affirmed her desire to win.

“We are one of the best in the league on our day…playing our game will be best for us,” she said.

Sydney FC is yet to concede first in a league game this season, in fact, it has only conceded in two games all season.

“If we can score early…you never know how they would respond to that”, Vidosic said.

Vidosic has been impressed with the locker room this season and said Sunday’s clash will be huge for the title race.

“They’ve been fantastic…you can’t ask for more as a coach,” he said.

“If we win on Sunday, the title is closer to us than anyone else”.

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Melbourne City Women’s Head Coach, Rado Vidosic, giving the girls a pep-talk. (Image: Melbourne City)

If Melbourne City do claim all three points on Sunday, it would go two points behind Sydney FC, with a game in hand to play and therefore a chance to rise to first.

The top two sides face off at AAMI Park on February 20 at 4:05PM, where the finals picture is likely to take shape.

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