Match Preview: Uni battle the White Eagles

 UWA WILL BE LOOKING TO MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK LEAGUE WINS TOMORROW - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

UWA WILL BE LOOKING TO MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK LEAGUE WINS TOMORROW - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

It's set to be another enthralling encounter this Saturday as UWA travel to Dianella in Round 3.

The spoils were shared between the two sides during a dramatic Night Series group match earlier this year, with Alex Kretowicz's stoppage-time strike ensuring the scores were locked at 2-2 at the final whistle. If that encounter is anything to go by, tomorrow should be an absolute cracker.

Uni enter the away trip fresh from a 3-1 win over Joondalup City, while the hosts will be hungry to atone for their 4-1 derby defeat at the hands of Gwelup last weekend.

Coach Michael Janssen was delighted with the Joondalup win, but was quick to emphasise the importance of backing that performance up with another strong showing against one of the league's best.

"I'm sure it won't be a walk in the park because Dianella is heavily under pressure following their derby result against newly promoted Gwelup."

"Those results hurt and I know they will come our firing, but we are prepared and I have confidence in the squad to deliver."

 CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Club Captain Josh Marocchi, who is well-accustomed to facing Dianella, is expecting another tough match-up.

"It's going to be another frantic and fast-paced game, we know what to expect. Both teams score plenty of goals and boast plenty of attacking firepower."

"They like to play diagonal balls in behind our defenders, which caused issues in the Night Series, so we will need to be on our toes and be sure to close them down early to eliminate these opportunities."

"The boys understand the importance of this match and if the standard at training is anything to go by, they are more than ready."

UWA enter the contest with a number of key personnel missing. The likes of Conor and Rory Devlin, Luke Randazzo, Lloyd Prout and Brandon Naude are all missing the clash, while Max Welton, Rhys Macfarlane, Robbie Black and Tom Moroney return to the squad. Promising young defender Sam Guthridge has also been promoted from the reserves after impressing Janssen in recent weeks.

"The depth of the squad is helping us already early in the season and tomorrow is another opportunity for players to make a statement and cement themselves in the starting 11."

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