Matildas want W-League international break

A clash of W-League fixtures with an international two-game series with China has leading Matildas calling for an break when the national team is in action.

Three W-League matches are scheduled for the weekend and all fixtures will be deprived of senior players due to call-ups by Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.

Striker Michelle Heyman says players are angry at missing major matches at club level while on national team duty.

The top-of-the-table clash between leaders Perth Glory and third-placed Canberra United will be deprived of superstar Sam Kerr, Ellie Carpenter and Heyman.

"We're furious. It's frustrating," United striker Heyman told AAP.

"Both (Sam and I are) angry at the situation. It should have been a bye round.

"We've put that to FFA because the W-League is too short. You lose one game and it could knock you out. Goal difference could determine the top four spots.

"Of course we want to play for our country but we want to win the W-League too."

Each side plays 12 matches in the W-League season across 14 staggered rounds.

The sides that provide the bulk of the Matildas squad - Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City (five players each) - do have the week off.

Those two sides round out the top four in a hyper-competitive season in which title fancies Sydney FC find themselves on bottom of the pile.

"This season is really odd, no one's standing out. It's very competitive," Heyman said.

"We've been lucky in the last two games to get six points. We didn't deserve them or play the best football.

"We're still growing. If we can still beat teams when we're not performing then hopefully at the end of the year we can be killing it."

Melbourne Victory (8th, three points) host Western Sydney (7th, three points) on Friday night and Adelaide United (6th, three points) welcome Newcastle Jets (5th, six points) on Saturday night in round five's other matches.