The final international break of 2019 is over, and all the girls have returned to the CFA. The first task of a hectic winter schedule – West Ham United in the WSL.
It’s a repeat of last years FA Cup final at the Academy Stadium this weekend, and Nick Cushing will be looking to press on in the quest for WSL glory. But West Ham will be no easy task.
Just before the break, the visitors scored a late goal away at Reading to secure victory in the Continental Cup and currently sit in seventh place in the WSL.
City similarly struggled in the cup before the break, against a resolute Birmingham side. It took City 51 minutes to find the breakthrough with Ellen White scoring her first City goal. But the lead was cancelled out in a matter of minutes, when Rachel Williams struck for the visitors. Caroline Weir, as she has done numerous times this season, stepped up to the plate with a exquisite long range effort that secured the win for City.
Nick Cushing provided an injury update ahead of the game – Demi Stokes hasn’t been training with illness but according to Cushing is ‘okay’ now. Laura Coombs is back in full training and available, whilst Karen Bardsley and Aofie Mannion remain longterm absentees. Keira Walsh is also unavailable as she serves the last of her three match ban.
City will want to keep a winning run going to not let fellow title challengers Chelsea and Arsenal run away with a lead at the top. We also can’t rule out Manchester United, who are three points behind the Blues.
Predicted XI: Roebuck, Bonner, Campbell, Houghton, Stokes, Weir, Scott, Wullaert, Beckie, Stanway, White
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