CommentaryReporting by @mancity

18:22

New year bounce for Bunny?

It’s safe to say that Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw has had a season to remember so far.

She’s the WSL’s top scorer with eight goals in nine appearances so far and has also found the net more times with her head (four) than any other player in the top flight.

Should she find the net this evening, then Bunny will have matched her WSL tally for 2021/22, which she managed in 17 games!

18:18

Morgan: We're looking forward to the challenge 🗣

Esme Morgan was a guest on recent Matchday Live broadcasts against Chelsea and Southampton, and she caught up with presenter Natalie Pike to discuss the restart to the WSL…

“I can’t wait. I feel like we’ve had a slow build-up last week coming back in after Christmas, had a bit of fitness testing which is never too fun.

“There’s a reason they do that, to check we haven’t had too many mince pies! But everyone came back in such good shape and had obviously been working hard over the break.

“The standards in training have been really good so I think we’re in a good place. Now we’ve got some games to look forward to. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

18:15

Deyna sharpening up!


18:12

Live commentary 🎙

Remember, you can follow every kick from the Chigwell Construction Stadium!

Alongside our text analysis, stats and reaction, Mike Minay will be joined by former City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley in the commentary box.

The duo will call the action and offer their expert insight throughout proceedings in the capital.

All the action in one handy place - BOSH!

18:09

Happy hunting ground

Fond memories for Chloe Kelly in our most recent clash with West Ham in April 2022!

The winger found the net for the first time since recovering from a knee injury in May 2021 to send City into the FA Cup final.

18:05

Birthday girl 🎂

Happy birthday to Chloe Kelly, who turns 25 today!

The winger could become only the second City player to score on her birthday should she find the net today, the other being former striker Ellen White.

18:02

Warming up

Out come the City players for the pre-match warm up, Esme Morgan leading the charge!

Ellie Roebuck and Sandy MacIver have been limbering up for a few minutes now, testing out their reflexes and positioning.

The tension's building!

17:59

Picture perfect 📸


17:55

Here's how West Ham line up!


17:53

Familiar face

It’s back to the old stomping ground for Yui Hasegawa this evening, who is set to face her former club for the first time.

For those with a good memory, you might even remember the Japanese international finding the net for the hosts with an audacious chip against us last season as the Academy Stadium.

The midfielder joined City on deadline day from the Hammers back in September 2022, scoring on her debut soon after against Leicester.

She’s become a key cog in Gareth Taylor’s midfield ever since.