WWL Preview: Brisbane Roar v Canberra United

The heavyweight match-ups in the Westfield W-League are coming thick and fast at the moment with this contest shaping up as one of the highlights of the season

Brisbane Roar v Canberra United Saturday 3 December 2011 Cleveland Showgrounds, Brisbane Local kick-off: 3pm

The champions against the runaway leaders. The heavyweight match-ups in the Westfield W-League are coming thick and fast at the moment with this contest shaping up as one of the highlights of the season.

Defeat here for Brisbane and it-s not unrealistic to say that the premiership will be all but out of the Roar-s reach, with the margin stretching to eight points.

The Roar seem to be building momentum nicely, having won three on the trot. Not that they had it all their own way last weekend against the visiting Melbourne Victory, before running out 1-0 winners.

The recent return of experienced Matildas Kim Carroll and Aivi Luik from their club commitments in Denmark, plus the goalscoring form of Tameka Butt, has been among the highlights.

Canberra-s perfect record of five straight wins is arguably under more pressure than it has been all season. Yes, United overcame Sydney FC on the road a few weeks back, but the Sky Blues were in truth somewhat under-strength on that occasion.

Historically visits to Brisbane has produced mixed results for Canberra, with the Queensland capital being the venue for their grand final defeat in season one, but also the scene of their first ever Westfield W-League victory (and Brisbane-s first defeat), way back in round two of the opening season.