There’s a feast of W League football this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.
Sydney FC will feature in the Westfield W-League’s first double header this season when they square up against Perth Glory at Leicchardt Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The second match on the bill pits the Central Coast Mariners against the Melbourne Victory.
And with three of the top four teams on the ladder playing on Showdown Saturday, the fans will be in for a treat with some of the best talent in the league on show.
The game between the Sky Blue Women and the sixth-placed Glory will be the ABC Grandstand Match of the Round with Sydney coming off a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Seymour Shaw Park last week.
Sydney is in hot form, coming off a 1-0 win against Newcastle at Seymour Shaw Park last Saturday and are also unbeaten since Round 1 when they were beaten 3-1 by the Mariners.
Despite the win against the Jets, coach Alex Stajcic says there is still room for improvement.
“I thought we played really well last match (against Newcastle), except for our finishing,” he said.
After smashing six past Adelaide United on 1st November, the Sky Blue Women have found goals harder to come by. They followed that with a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory and the narrow win against the Jets.
Sydney have scored in their last nine Westfield W-League matches which is the second longest streak in the competition, while their opponents on the weekend haven’t won since Round 4.
But Stajcic is still preaching caution. “They’re (Perth) one of the most dangerous teams in the league and have three or four of the most dangerous players in the country,” he said.
Stajcic is also using the weekend to scout both the Mariners and Victory Women teams.
“We’ll definitely be watching,” he said. “One of them will be our semi-final opponents. It will certainly have a big impact on who we’ll play in the finals, possible the grand final.”
But Stajcic was confident that his team would be up for the task.
“Everyone played a good match (last week). If our backs play well, we’re halfway there.”
To commemorate Showdown Saturday, the Westfield W-League will be introducing a special 2 for 1 deal for fans who come to the match with their mothers.
“We’re hoping that the young girls of New South Wales will turn out with their mums for two excellent games of football,” Stajcic said.
With the array of Westfield Matildas and international talent on display on Saturday at Leicchardt Oval, it should be a great day out for all.
The match between Sydney and Perth will kick off at 3.00pm and tickets are available at the gate at just $5 for Adults, $2 Concession and free for children Under-5.