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FA WSL
FA WSL
Sunday 28 February 2021
Kickoff at 14:00 GMT
St George's Park
FA Player
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All the information you need ahead of our FA Women’s Super League clash at Birmingham City Women.

When and Where?

The game will take place on Sunday 28 February at St George's Park, with a kick-off time of 14:00 (UK).

Broadcast Information

The match will be broadcast live on the FA Player, and you can also keep up to date with all the action via our twitter: @ManCityWomen.

Following the final whistle, a comprehensive report on proceedings, plus reaction from manager Gareth Taylor and a player will also be available to read on mancity.com and our official app.

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Rules

For safety reasons in the wake of the pandemic, the fixture will be played behind-closed-doors.

In line with current protocols, additional balls will be placed at intervals around the pitch.

Form Guide

City go into our West Midlands clash in sparkling form, having won each of their last seven WSL matches, including victory in the Manchester Derby last time out.

Gareth Taylor’s side are also on a 10-game unbeaten run, stretching back to mid-October.

Birmingham City will hope to shake off any lingering cobwebs early on a Damson Park, having only played three times since the turn of the year because of postponements.

Carla Ward’s side have drawn two and lost one of those matches, but picked up

English Women's Super League
1 Chelsea Chelsea 19 16 2 1 60 8 52 50 WWWWW
2 Manchester City Man City 19 15 3 1 58 11 47 48 WWWWW
3 Arsenal Arsenal 18 12 2 4 57 14 43 38 WWWWW

Team news

Keira Walsh is a potential doubt, according to manager Gareth Taylor.

The midfielder was ruled out of England’s 6-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland on Tuesday through injury.

But Taylor remains hopeful that, even if she is unavailable for the trip to St George's Park, it will not be for a prolonged period of time.

However, Taylor was able to provide some positive news on Walsh’s midfielder counterpart Sam Mewis, as she edges closer to a return.

The American has been out of action since sustaining an ankle injury while on international duty at the end of January, but the City boss added that she could make her return this weekend.

Gareth Taylor preview

“We have an eye on the bigger picture but it’s about giving maximum effort.

“We’re in a healthy position and that's something that we’ve been able to do because of the effort the players have put in.

“I don’t see a change in mentality. Everyone looks up for the fight and we’re ready to put the effort in.

“I don’t want anyone not giving maximum effort with one eye on Fiorentina.”

WATCH: Taylor looking forward to busy schedule of games

Last Meeting

This is the first time the two sides have met in the current WSL campaign after the original clash was postponed in December.

Our last fixture against the Blues came in January 2020, with City picking up a hard-fought 2-0 win away from home.

Ellen White opening the scoring after just 34 seconds against her former club, before Keira Walsh added a second just after the hour with a beautiful curling effort.

It was Nick Cushing’s side a third win on the spin, and move us top of the WSL table in the process.

WATCH: FA WSL highlights: Birmingham 0-2 City

Last Time Out

It was derby delight for City in our last WSL match, with goals from Lucy Bronze, Lauren Hemp and a stunner from Caroline Weir handing us a 3-0 win over Manchester United at the Academy Stadium.

Bronze volleyed us into a 25th minute lead, before Lauren Hemp added some breathing space with the game approaching its final embers.

But the icing on top of the cake arrived with five to play, with Caroline Weir launching an exquisite chip from the edge of the box over United goalkeeper Mary Earps to add a third.

WATCH: Match highlights: City 3-0 United

Stats

  • Birmingham were one of only two sides to take points off City when Nick Cushing’s side won the WSL title back in 2016. The West Midlands side picked up a 1-1 draw on the final day of the season.
  • After picking up three wins and three draws in our first nine WSL matches, Birmingham have lost all four of our most recent meetings, and failed to breach the City rearguard since September 2018.
  • City have found the net 12 times in our past three away fixtures in the WSL, winning all three against Everton, Brighton and Arsenal respectively.
  • City have avoided defeat in six of our last seven trips to Birmingham in all competitions, with that one blemish coming in February 2018.

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