Aussies Abroad Preview: Record crowd expected for Galabadaarachchi's West Ham

A club record crowd is expected for Jacynta Galabadaarachchi's West Ham United this weekend, as the Westfield Matilda prepares for a London derby against rivals Tottenham.

The Hammers will be hosting Tottenham at the 60,000-seater London Stadium for the first time.

United managing director Jack Sullivan believes they are on course for a turnout of over 20,000. It would be the third-largest crowd in the Women's Super League era, and comfortably a club record for West Ham.

"It'll be a really amazing occasion for us but they are the sort of numbers we're hoping for, which will fill the lower bowl and just a bit above that as well," Sullivan told the BBC.

Usually, the Hammers play at Rush Green Stadium. A crowd of 1,297 saw their first home league match of the season - 1-0 victory over Birmingham City in which Galabadaarachchi made her starting debut for the club.


Alex Chidiac's Atletico Madrid host Logrono at home on Sunday evening, 9pm AEST kick off. They were in action against ZFK Spartak in the Champions League on Friday morning, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. The result was enough for Atletico to advance 4-3 on aggregate.

Chidiac missed the club's 6-1 defeat to Barcelona in the league last Sunday after suffering an ankle sprain in her left foot.

Emily Gielnik's Bayern Munich secured their Round of 16 berth despite a 1-0 defeat to Swedish club Goteborg on Thursday morning. They'll be looking to back that up with three Bundesliga points against Duisburg at 10:00pm on Sunday.

Lisa De Vanna, meanwhile, will enjoy a rest with Fiorentina not in action until the 13th of October. 

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The Serie A club were knocked out by English champions Arsenal, managed by former Westfield W-League coach Joe Montemurro, with an 6-0 aggregate defeat after Friday's 2-0 loss in London.

Aivi Luik's Avaldsnes face Lyn on Saturday, 11pm AEST kick off. They are currently fifth on the Toppserien table.

Tameka Yallop's Klepp are two points ahead in fourth - they entertain Trondheims at 11pm on Sunday.

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