In a first for Sport Grill, we will be covering Manchester City Women vs Birmingham City Ladies in the FA Women’s Super League tomorrow from the Academy Stadium.
With leaders, Chelsea Ladies not playing till 2pm as this match approaches its end, Man City know that a win will send them top for at least 90 minutes.
Manchester City Women are expected to be without summer signing, Pauline Bremer, who suffered a leg fracture at Everton three weeks ago.
No injury news to report for Birmingham City Ladies.
Head to head
Since winning their first two meetings with Man City in 2014, Birmingham have suffered two losses and three draws in their WSL meetings.
Over in the cups, City have won all three of their meetings with their last clash incidentally, coming in May at Wembley when they ran out 4-1 winners.
Since the 2017-18 season started, the Citizens have gone unbeaten in all competitions.
In that time, they have scored 18 goals but have conceded four, with two coming in their last home match against Arsenal Ladies.
Birmingham have only recorded one win and a draw from their opening three games.
They have scored at least twice in every match but are defensively fragile, having let in six goals.
Before the international break, both teams were in action in separate competitions.
In the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Man City comfortably thrashed SKN St Polten FC 3-0 at home to progress 6-0 on aggregate.
Birmingham meanwhile started their FA WSL Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Oxford United.
Thoughts ahead of match
Ex Brummies star, Izzy Christiansen is expecting a tough match and them to be difficult to break down.
Speaking to Mancity.com, Izzy said: ‘They’re a great team with really good young players. Evidently, they have a really strong manager who is doing a really good job.
“It’s not going to be an easy game. I expect a really tough team to come and make life really difficult for us by being difficult to break down.
“As always though, we’re focused on ourselves and what we can do to break them down and get three points. Hopefully, it will be an exciting game for the fans.”
Birmingham City Ladies boss, Paige Williams too is expecting this to not be an easy game.
Discussing how the team is progressing ahead of visiting the Academy Stadium, Williams said: “We had a good win against Oxford and at the end of the Reading game we got a result out of it.
“We are happy with the way it’s going and we know what we have got to do to beat Manchester City.
“By no means will it be an easy game. But you have to go there in good spirit and control our own performance – that’s all we can really control.”
- Manchester City have only lost once at home (Arsenal – May in Spring Series) since commencing the 2016 WSL season.
- In that period, they have mustered 42 goals and conceded just 9 goals.
- Birmingham’s Ellen White already has three goals, which is more than she scored during the whole Spring Series.
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