Champs bring new-found form to ABC1

Tune in to ABC1 each Sunday at 3pm nationally for LIVE Westfield W-League action, this week featuring the revitalised Melbourne Victory as they play host to cross-border rivals Adelaide United.

Both recent form and Westfield W-League history strongly favours the classy home side as they seek to build on a three-match unbeaten run.

The Victory opened their campaign with a surprise loss at last year’s wooden-spooners Newcastle Jets, but have since bounced back in style with goal-laden wins over Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United, followed up by a gutsy draw at Sydney FC in Monday’s public holiday match.

The Victory have proven performers all over the park with Westfield Matildas stars such as Steph Catley, Lisa De Vanna and Brianna Davey, backed by a highly impressive trio of American imports in Christine Nairn, Elli Reed and Lauren Barnes.

The Lady Reds will find little solace in the history books with Victory boasting a perfect ten wins from as many outings against their rivals; the only such perfect record in the Westfield W-League among the seven foundation clubs.

Adelaide will be smarting from a hefty 4-0 home defeat against the visiting Jets last Sunday; their worse defeat during Ross Aloisi’s tenure. However, the Lady Reds are a resilient and proud bunch, and it would be shock if they didn’t bounce-back in Melbourne on Sunday offering a hard-fought contest for armchair fans to enjoy.

Local supporters have every reason to get out in force with free entry on offer to a double-header at Lakeside Stadium. The Westfield W-League clash will be followed by the Victorian Women’s Premier League grand final between South Melbourne and Heidelberg United.

This season’s ABC’s Sunday afternoon broadcast games will again be hosted by Stephanie Brantz, with former Westfield Matildas and W-League star Sarah Walsh joining Peter Wilkins in commentary.

Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Sunday on ABC1, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.

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