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FA WSL
Sunday 3 October 2021
Kickoff at 14:00 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 latest FA Women's Super League clash...

WHEN AND WHERE

The game takes place at the Academy Stadium on Sunday, 3 October, with kick-off scheduled for 14:00 (UK).

The match will be shown live on CITY+, with a subscription costing just £1.99 per month while also granting access to full-match replays of all Men’s Women’s, EDS and Academy fixtures, as well as original documentaries and selected live broadcasts.

The match will also 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.

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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.

TEAM NEWS

Gareth Taylor made three changes to the side that progressed to the Women's FA Cup semi-finals with a 6-0 win over Leicester in midweek.

Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh and Ellen White were restored to the starting XI, in place of Georgia Stanway, Vicky Losada (who missed out with an ankle injury) and Khadija Shaw - Walsh making her first start of the season.

Karima Taieb was shielded by a backline of Stokes, Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott and Janine Beckie. Walsh reclaimed her spot in defensive midfield, employed behind Caroline Weir and Filippa Angeldahl.

Lauren Hemp and Jess Park occupied the wings with captain White leading the line upfront.

 

CITY XI | Taieb, Beckie, Scott, Greenwood, Stokes, Walsh, Angeldahl, Weir, Park, Hemp, White (C).

SUBS | Keating, Coombs, Stanway, Shaw, Kennedy, Mace.

WEST HAM XI | Arnold, Longhurst, Cissoko, Flaherty (C), Wyne, Stringer, Brynjarsdottir, Yallop, Svitkova, Hasegawa, Walker.

SUBS | Leat, Parker, Joel, Cairns, Filis, Leon.

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Gareth Taylor preview

"It will be a tough game. They make it difficult and protect space as much as possible.

"They have fluidity with manager being there for a while and retaining players last season, changing a few.

"Results have been good so far. They've stepped up so we are expecting a tough game. 

"Games are great. Games are good when you've not had a good result and it’s great we are back home again on Sunday.

"It's a decent opponent but a chance to get a win on the board."

LAST TIME OUT

City bounced back to winning ways with an emphatic 6-0 win over Leicester in our midweek 2021 Women's FA Cup quarter-final at the Academy Stadium.

Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw led the way, scoring a hat-trick with a Vicky Losada strike and first-ever City goals from skipper for the night Alex Greenwood and Filippa Angeldahl sealing the deal.

Our reward is a semi-final encounter with Chelsea.

WATCH: City 6-0 Leicester: Women's FA Cup highlights

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER

City finished the 2020/21 season on a high against the Hammers, booking a place in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Women's FA Cup.

Goals from Ellen White, Janine Beckie, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis and Lauren Hemp secured the holders' place in the last eight with a thumping 5-1 win over West Ham, as Gareth Taylor's side continued our defence of the trophy to sign off on a fittingly positive note.

Seven days earlier City had signed off the 2020/21 FA Women’s Super League season with a 1-0 triumph over the Londoners, Ellen White marking her 32nd birthday with the only goal of the game to claim all three points.

WATCH: Women's FA Cup Extended Highlights: City 5-1 West Ham

FORM GUIDE

City head into the game looking to build on that fine Leicester triumph and also bounce back to winning ways in the league.

After back-to-back losses against Tottenham and Arsenal, we currently sit eighth in the FA WSL table with one win and two defeats from our opening three games.

West Ham will travel to the Academy Stadium in the wake of a fine 4-0 league win at home to Leicester last Sunday and currently sit in seventh place in the table with four points.

That followed a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa in the league with Olli Harder's side losing their opening league clash 2-0 away at Brighton on the opening weekend.

Stats

  • City have won each of our five WSL meetings with West Ham by an aggregate score of 20-2.
  • We haven’t suffered back-to-back defeats on home soil in the Women’s Super League since October 2014 and have never previously lost three in a row in the top-flight.
  • West Ham’s 100% WSL losing record against City can only be matched by the Hammers in games with Arsenal, losing all five of their clashes with both sides in the division.
  • The London outfit have netted just five goals across their last seven away league matches, drawing blanks in three straight games on the road on two occasions, either side of a 5-0 win at Reading in April.
  • West Ham’s last three WSL wins – spread over 17 games – have all come by 4+ goal margins: 4-0 vs Bristol City last December, 5-0 vs Reading in April and 4-0 vs Leicester in their last game. The Hammers haven’t won consecutive WSL games since a run of three ending in December 2018 under Matt Beard.
  • The Hammers had 25 shots in their 4-0 victory over Leicester on MD3 – nine more than they managed in their first two games against Brighton and Aston Villa combined (16 – 8 shots in each match).
  • West Ham benefitted from two own goals in their 4-0 win over Leicester City – since the start of last season, the Hammers have profited from five own goals in their favour in the WSL, two more than any other side.
  • Georgia Stanway has had a direct hand in seven goals in only five WSL matches against West Ham (5 goals, 2 assists), more than she has versus any other side in the competition.

News about Man City v West Ham

Taylor calls for repeat of FA Cup character ahead of West Ham visit

Gareth Taylor has challenged his City players to show the same character and determination they displayed in Wednesday’s 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester when West Ham United visit the Academy Stadium on Sunday. Watch more.

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City v West Ham: Taylor on team news

Gareth Taylor has revealed Vicky Losada is an injury doubt for Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League visit of West Ham but says Demi Stokes could be available for selection. Read more.

Angeldahl ready to kick on

Filippa Angeldahl says she and the City team are ready to kick on and reignite our season. Read more.

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