Match Preview

FA WSL
FA WSL
Saturday 4 September 2021
Kickoff at 13:30 BST
Goodison Park, Goodison Rd, Liverpool L4 4EL
BBC One
Live text, audio and stats at mancity.com
All the information you need ahead of our Barclays FA Women’s Super League curtain-raiser…

When and Where

Our first match of the new WSL season gets underway at 13:00pm (UK) at Goodison Park on Saturday 4 September.

For viewers in the UK, the match is being broadcast live on BBC One, while the match will also be available to view online around the world on the FA Player.

You can also follow all of the action as it unfolds on our dedicated matchday Twitter account: @ManCityWomen.

A comprehensive match report, as well as in-depth reaction from Gareth Taylor and a player will also follow soon after the final whistle on mancity.com and our official app.

If you miss the action entirely, or just want to relive it, then a full-match replay will also be available to view from midnight with a CITY+ subscription.

A full list of countries broadcasting Saturday’s match is available to view at the foot of this page.

Gareth Taylor Preview

“Everton have got good options. Whenever we played them last season they did something different in every game in terms of their formation.

“We’ve got a bright enough and intelligent enough group here to come up against those types of systems and have a way and a style of playing against it.

“These are the games you look forward to, especially with it being on TV, it’s a big one for us, something we’re pleased to be a part of and a nice showcase to start the season.

“I think when you make a lot of signings you need to allow for a bedding in period. We’ll be in the same situation as Everton.

“I think they made more signings than anyone in the league so far so there’s a bit of a statement of intent there in terms of what they want to achieve.

“We hope it’s a good game, we want to be successful and we hope we can come away with the result we need.”

WATCH: Taylor: City can build on Real Madrid opener

Team News

Gareth Taylor confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Georgia Stanway is back in contention our trip to Goodison Park.

The forward was one of six players to have missed Tuesday’s Champions League Round Two trip to Real Madrid, having remained in Manchester as a precaution, following surgery to aid her breathing.

The 22-year-old is fit to face the Toffees, although she will wear a protective mask and may require reduced minutes.

Ellen White is close to fitness, and while Saturday's clash might come too soon, Taylor earmarked Wednesday's Champions League second leg against Real Madrid as a potential return date.

However, the boss revealed that calf injuries sustained by Keira Walsh and Ellie Roebuck could leave the duo out until after the international break.

Taylor revealed that Lucy Bronze and Chloe Kelly's recovery periods are going well, but they remain longer term absentees for the time being.

WATCH: UWCL highlights: Real Madrid 1-1 City

Last time out

A stoppage time equaliser from Kenti Robles denied City a first leg victory against Real Madrid in our UEFA Women’s Champions League Second Round clash.

Caroline Weir’s powerful drive had put Gareth Taylor’s side in front early in the second half and Jill Scott thought she’d doubled our lead after coming off the bench, but her strike was ruled out for a foul.

The hosts piled on the pressure and City had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital, meaning it’s still all to play for at the Academy Stadium in the return leg on Wednesday 8 September.

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Last meeting

Keira Walsh’s late strike was enough to secure City a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton at the Academy Stadium in Steph Houghton’s 200th appearance for the Club.

It looked like Willie Kirk’s side would spoil the party surrounding Houghton’s memorable milestone, but the midfielder’s pinpoint finish was enough to secure all three points.

City secured a ninth successive victory by downing the resolute Toffees, matching our longest winning run in the WSL at the time.

WATCH: City 1-0 Everton: Match Highlights

Stats

Manchester City have won all ten of our WSL matches against Everton, more than we have against any other side in the competition.

We've won each of our last seven away games in the Women’s Super League, scoring 23 times while conceding only twice.

Including the 2017 Spring Series, City haven’t lost our opening league match of the season in any of the last seven WSL campaigns (W4 D3) since a 1-0 loss at Liverpool in April 2014.

Since losing 2-1 to Chelsea in December 2019, Gareth Taylor's side have lost none of our last 25 WSL matches when we’ve taken the lead (W23 D2), winning 17 of 18 such matches last season (D1).

Ellen White has been directly involved in 12 goals in just 13 WSL appearances against Everton, scoring seven goals and assisting five more.

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