WNPL Preview | Three sides looking to pull clear at the top in Round 6

Adelaide University vs Metro United WFC
Venue: Valo Football Centre
Date: Friday 17 July 6:15PM

Metro will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at the hands of West Adelaide in their fixture against a struggling Adelaide University side still searching for its first win of the season.

Metro’s defence went to water against West last week, shipping four goals to double the number in their against tally after five matches to slip to fourth on the ladder.

Uni grabbed their first point of the season in their goalless draw against fellow cellar dwellers the Comets at West Beach Parks Football Centre last week, but still prop up the ladder.

With both sides struggling to find the back of the net this season, albeit with Metro faring better defensively, it should be an intriguing encounter.

Adelaide City vs Fulham United
Venue: Valo Football Centre – Pitch 2
Date: Friday 17 July 6:15PM

City continued their imperious form last week and will look to roll on in their fixture against a Fulham side that is still struggling to make things click in defence.

Last week’s 6-0 rout of NTC brought City’s goal tally over their last four matches to 24, conceding four, to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that they are the real deal with dangerous attacking weapons at their disposal.

Fulham will feel extremely disappointed to have walked away empty-handed from their 4-5 loss to Inter and now be boasting the leakiest defence in the competition, with 17 in the against column.

The match-up to watch in this encounter will be City’s Chelsie Dawber and Fulham’s Fiona Worts, who both netted four times last week and occupy the top two spots on the goalscoring charts with ten and seven respectively.

Adelaide Comets vs Salisbury Inter
Venue: Valo Football Centre
Date: Friday 17 July 8:15PM

Inter will be looking to continue their charge in the race for top spot this week, with the lowly Comets standing between them and victory.

Four goals from Maria Jose Rojas Pino, whose 89th minute winner was her seventh of the season, ensured Inter took all three points against Fulham despite two late goals levelling the scores.

It has been a different story for the Comets this season, as their failure to breakdown the league’s only other winless side in Uni left them still searching for the three points that has eluded them this season.

The match is set up to be an entertaining one, with Inter in particular displaying a proclivity for both scoring and conceding goals in large quantities.

Football SA NTC vs West Adelaide
Venue: Valo Football Centre – Pitch 2
Date: Friday 17 July 8:15PM

Alongside Adelaide City, West have looked amongst the most dangerous clubs in the early rounds of the season and their opponents NTC appear to have a difficult fight on their hands.

West average just under four goals a game and remarkably have only conceded twice this season, a record that was enhanced by a 4-0 against the defensively solid Metro last week.

NTC, meanwhile, will be extra motivated to bounce back from the 6-0 thrashing they were on the receiving end of from City, leaving them just two points above second-last Comets and with the competition’s worst goal difference of -9.

The difference in mindset for both sides will be stark: West will be aiming to keep pace with City and Inter at the top of the table, while NTC are peering nervously over their shoulder to maintain distance between them and the bottom.