Match Preview: Wanderers v Victory

Melbourne Victory travel to face Western Sydney Wanderers at Wanderers Football Park on Wednesday with both teams looking to prolong A-League Women unbeaten streaks, as the visitors have avoided defeat in six consecutive matches while the hosts look for their fourth straight game without a loss.

Melbourne Victory drew 1-1 against Melbourne City at Casey Fields in their last A-League Women match to extend their unbeaten streak to six (W4 D2 L0), leaving the visitors in fourth spot on 14 points through eight matches.

Western Sydney Wanderers are in ninth place on seven points after eight matches. Wanderers won their last A-League Women match 2-1 at home against Western United, extending their undefeated run to three (W2 D1 L0).

When the two sides last met in A-League Women action, Victory won 5-0 at AAMI Park last season. Catherine Zimmerman led Melbourne Victory Women with goals in the fifth and 60th minute. Melindaj Barbieri, Kyra Cooney-Cross, and Courtney Nevin also found the net.

Victory have got the better of Wanderers of late, unbeaten in their last four A-League Women matches (W3 D1 L0). Wanderers are looking for their first league win in encounters between the two teams since December 2018. Melbourne Victory Women have outscored Western Sydney Wanderers FC Women 8-1 during their unbeaten streak.

Visitors Victory have been a threat in the final third courtesy of Melina Ayres, who has netted on five occasions, including three match-opening goals. She is tied for second among the league’s top scorers in 2022/2023.

Amy Harrison and Sheridan Gallagher have proved attacking threats for Wanderers this season. The two players are the team’s joint top scorers with two goals. Gallagher has scored the tone-setting first goal of the match once.

At Wanderers Football Park this season, Wanderers have two wins and two losses in four A-League Women contests. Victory have one win, one draw, and two losses on the road this season in league matches.

In their last six league matches, Wanderers have won two, drawn one and lost three. Victory, meanwhile, have won four and drawn two in their last six.

THE FORM GUIDE (League form this season):
Western Sydney Wanderers FC: WWDLLL
Melbourne Victory: DDWWWW

Date: February 12, 2022
Competition: A-League Women
Score: 5:0

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: Amy Harrison (2), Sheridan Gallagher (2), Sarina Bolden (1)
Melbourne Victory: Melina Ayres (5), Alexandra Chidiac (3), Kayla Morrison (3)

UP NEXT (League only):
Western Sydney Wanderers FC: Melbourne City v Wanderers
Melbourne Victory: Adelaide United v Victory