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Preview: Blues Women v Manchester City

Carla Ward’s side earned a point in their last outing.

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Blues Women take on Manchester City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this Sunday.

The 2pm kick-off is Blues’ first match after the international break and sees them take on the division’s second-placed team at St. George’s Park.

Carla Ward’s side earned a point in their last outing when they drew away to Everton earlier this month and come into this match unbeaten in three of their last five league matches.

Opponents Manchester City head into the weekend on the back of a fine victory in their final game before the recent international fixtures. This came against local rivals Manchester United at the Academy Stadium.

THE OPPOSITION:

Having missed out on the title on a points-per-game basis last time around, Manchester City are hoping to go one further this season. And this intention to do so was made abundantly clear by their transfer business last summer.

Already in possession of one of the division’s strongest squads, City brought in two FIFA Women’s World Cup winners in Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, adding to the signing of Chloe Kelly from WSL rivals Everton. Not done there, in the space of two September days they acquired both Alex Greenwood and Lucy Bronze from a Lyon side who had just won their fifth consecutive UEFA Women’s Champions League. At the end of 2020 Bronze was crowned the Best FIFA Women's Player of the Year.

City also started the season with a new Head Coach. Gareth Taylor switched the Men’s Under 18s for the Women’s first team after Nick Cushing’s departure to New York City FC of the MLS.

And this close season business is really starting to show as Manchester City look to overtake Chelsea at the top of the table. Since the turn of the year, City have put seven past Aston Villa and beat West Ham 4-0 before seeing off Arsenal and Manchester United in the space of a week. The Citizens also lifted the FA Cup in November as they overcame Everton at Wembley.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues Women collected a superb point in the North West as they drew 1-1 with Everton. Responding to an early setback after Danielle Turner had fired in a free-kick, Blues levelled before the break as Jamie-Lee Napier pounced on the loose ball from Claudia Walker’s penalty to poke home. Ward’s team then limited their fifth-placed hosts to half-chances to see out their second draw of the season.

Taylor’s team recorded a memorable 3-0 win over their city rivals in their latest FAWSL match. The victory which elevated City above Casey Stoney’s side in the table was kickstarted by a first-half goal from Bronze. Lauren Hemp doubled their advantage after 71 minutes before Caroline Weir’s sublime 20-yard chip made it a night to remember.

WE MEET AGAIN:

Blues 0 Manchester City 2, 19 January 2020

Blues will be hoping for a better start and outcome when they take on Manchester City this Sunday.

Early last year it took the away side just 34 seconds to break the deadlock through former Blues forward Ellen White.

This was added to, and the points duly wrapped up, when Kiera Walsh successfully took aim from distance.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

FAWSL 19 Jan 2020 – Blues 0 Manchester City 2

FAWSL 12 Oct 2019 – Manchester City 3 Blues 0

Conti Cup 03 Nov 2019 – Manchester City 2 Blues 1

FAWSL 19 Dec 2018 – Manchester City 1 Blues 0

FAWSL 30 Sep 2018 – Blues 2 Manchester City 3

WATCH LIVE:

The game will be streamed live on the FA Player, kick-off is at 2pm.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Helen Conley

Assistant Referees: Jade Wardle and Callum Parke

Fourth Official: Louise Saunders

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