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Women's FA Cup
Women's FA Cup
Wednesday 29 September 2021
Kickoff at 19:00 BST
Academy Stadium, North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ

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Everything you need to know ahead of City's Women's FA Cup quarter-final tie...

When and where

The game takes place at the Academy Stadium on Wednesday 29 September, with kick-off scheduled for 19:00 (UK).

In the UK and around the world, the match will be broadcast live on the FA Player, while you can also keep up to date with all the action via our dedicated matchday Twitter: @ManCityWomen.

Following the full time whistle, a comprehensive match report and post-match reaction from Gareth Taylor will be available to view on mancity.com and our official app.

Should you miss the action entirely, a full-match replay will also be available to view with a CITY+ subscription from midday the following day.

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Team news

Karima Benameur Taieb took her place in goal, shielded by a makeshift backline of Georgia Stanway, stand-in captain Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott and Janine Beckie.

Vicky Losada protected the back four in the defensive midfield role, employed behind Filippa Angeldahl and Caroline Weir.

Jess Park and Lauren Hemp occupied the wings with Khadija Shaw leading the line upfront.

Alanna Kennedy and Ruby Mace were ineligible, with their 2020/21 Clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal still in the competition, while Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Hayley Raso, Karen Bardsley, Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Esme Morgan and Chloe Kelly were sidelined through injury.

Keira Walsh was named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.

CITY XI | Taieb, Beckie, Scott, Greenwood (C), Stanway, Losada, Angeldahl, Weir, Park, Hemp, Shaw.

SUBS | Keating, Coombs, Walsh, White.

LEICESTER XI | Lambourne, Howard, Tierney, Plumptre (C), Purfield, O'Brien, Smith, Pike, De Graaf, Flint, Sigsworth.

SUBS | Harris, Camwell, Cain, Bailey-Gayle, Robinson, Powell.

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Gareth Taylor preview

“The fight and determination is there. It’s been a positive response [from Sunday's defeat at Arsenal].

“Having a game on Sunday and then straight after is great – the last thing you want is no game for two weeks after a defeat.

“We have games coming thick and fast and it’s something we are looking forward to.

“We trained and recovered yesterday and today with the squad we have. Everyone was in good spirits and we are looking forward to a different competition – one we've been successful in previously.

“We played Leicester at this stage last season in the quarter-finals and it was tough – high energy,.

“They played something similar to what we expected but we have to be ready because they have variety.

“I’ve been surprised they haven’t picked up the odd point. That will come. They have a good coach (Jonathan Morgan) and have Emile [Heskey] working in the background, helping out.

“They come here as underdogs, despite our circumstances, and we need to handle that and use our home advantage, play our way and play our game.

“They had success last season and I am sure they will find their rhythm in the season ahead.

“We want to be successful in this competition. We are up against it with the personnel we have but we’ll fight to the end and make sure we give our very best and try to get through to the semi-final.”

WATCH: Taylor: Belief in my players remains strong

Last time out

City suffered our third successive defeat in all competitions with a disappointing 5-0 reverse at Arsenal in the FA Women’s Super League.

A brace from Kim Little, plus goals from Vivianne Miedema, Katie McCabe and Leah Williamson earned the Gunners’ seventh win of the season to lift the North London outfit top of the table, as a depleted City side struggled against the in-form hosts.

Arsenal capitalised on an early defensive error and never looked like relinquishing the lead, doubling the advantage 13 minutes later and adding three more goals after the break to cruise to three points.

Previous encounter

City reached the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup for a sixth successive year with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Leicester at the same stage of the 2019/20 tournament.

Victory over the Foxes booked our place in the final four, as Chloe Kelly netted her first competitive goal for the Club from the penalty spot before Georgia Stanway bagged her third of the season with a sweetly-struck half-volley.

Charlie Devlin halved the deficit with 12 minutes to go to set up a nervy finish but City held firm to progress.

WATCH: FA Women's Cup highlights: Leicester 1-2 City

Form guide

City head into the game in disappointing form, having fallen to three successive defeats at the hands of Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

We sit eighth in the FA WSL table with one win and two defeats from our opening three games.

Taylor's side reached this stage of the 2020/21 FA Cup with comprehensive victories over Aston Villa and West Ham United.

Leicester are winless in their three games of the 2021/22 season - their first in the top-flight following their promotion from the Championship - having been defeated by Aston Villa, Manchester United and most recently, West Ham.

The Foxes triumphed over Liverpool and Manchester United to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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