Round 7 marks the halfway point for the W-League and teams are starting to separate themselves giving us what could be the most lopsided round of the season.
Canberra United vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Both teams are coming off wins from round 6. The Wanderers had the biggest win of the week with a 5-0 victory to knock Sydney FC out of second place.
Canberra stuck to their usual ways with their game being decided by just one goal, beating last place Adelaide 2-1.
The Wanderers were a force to be reckoned with before last week, but their domination over Sydney FC after having a bye week proved they are just getting started. The dynamic duo of Lynn Williams and Kristen Hamilton has combined for seven of Western Sydney’s 12 goals.
Canberra will look to slow down the Wanderer’s offence, but that looks to be unlikely for this week’s matchup.
Both teams have had close games decided by two goals or less. But where they differ is Western Sydney has not lost any of their close games whereas Canberra has lost two of their close games.
An added reason to win for the Wanderers is if they beat Canberra they will move into first place based on goal differential since top place Melbourne City has a bye this round.
Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory
The last few rounds for Melbourne Victory and Perth look pretty similar with neither team picking up any wins.
Victory has been overall underwhelming this season after winning the regular season a year ago. If the Victory want to turn it around this feels the game they can do it and honestly have to do it.
Perth is still winless and has only scored three goals all season, the least amount in the W-League. They still have no offensive identity and are tied for the most goals conceded in the league with nine.
The Victory look to be the favourite here and a nice 3+ goal game would be sure to bump their confidence heading to the second half of the season.
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United
The only thing these two teams have in common is that they both lost last week, besides that they are having two very different seasons so far.
Even after losing the Sydney Derby 5-0, Sydney FC is still one of the top teams in the league and have just two losses on the year, good enough for third place.
Adelaide United is still winless and pointless, but they are not getting blown out of games like you would think a basement team would be. They have just a -4 goal differential and are averaging less than two goals conceded a game.
Perhaps a game that Sydney may have overlooked now turns into a game they need to prove their big loss to the Wanderers was just a fluke.
Adelaide will come in as their usual scrappy self and make Sydney earn every goal they get but it might just be a game Sydney earns three or four.
Sydney will most likely not be the first team to lose to Adelaide and instead may be the team to score the most goals against Adelaide this year.
Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets
Combined these two teams have three wins and five losses. They sit in the bottom half of the league table, but they are not completely out of the hunt for the playoffs just yet.
Fourth place, Canberra United is only three points ahead of Brisbane and five points ahead of Newcastle. Both Brisbane and Newcastle could use some points, but a tie for both is not what either team needs right now.
Not just because Brisbane is ahead of Newcastle in the standings do they have the advantage in this game, but they are also riding a three game unbeaten streak. All three of those games were against teams lower than Brisbane in the rankings which proves even more they will win this against Newcastle.
The Jets are far from their 1-1 opening round tie against first place Melbourne City. They have only one win and it was just a 2-1 victory over Perth.
This could end up being a close game, but even in a close game Brisbane gets the edge over Newcastle.