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Manchester City
Sunderland AFC

FA Women's League Cup
FA Women's League Cup
Sunday 27 November 2022
Kickoff at 14:00 GMT
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 Continental Cup clash.

When and where

City welcome Sunderland to the Academy Stadium for our Group B fixture on Sunday 27 November, with kick-off scheduled for 14:00 (UK).

The match is available to watch live on CITY+ and Recast, while you can also keep across all the key moments on our dedicated matchday Twitter account: @ManCityWomen.

A detailed match report as well as reaction from Gareth Taylor and players alike will be available soon after the final whistle, while highlights and a CITY+ full-match replay can also be enjoyed later in the afternoon.

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Gareth Taylor preview

“There’s nothing better for a group of players than winning games and being a part of things, we have a good opportunity to do that [this weekend] but won’t get ahead of ourselves too soon.

“We’ve isolated key blocks of games and this one sits in the middle of a three-game block.

“We just need to keep the focus on this one, not get ahead to Brighton.

“Once we’ve got that done, we’ve got a good a nice week leading to a two or three game week.”

"[The game against Blackburn] was a good opportunity for players to get minutes under the belt and to help some of the players gain a rest.

“This situation is different, we don’t play for two weeks in the WSL, so we need to make sure we give the players what they need so everyone’s prepared for the next round of games we have.

“There’s a few knocks here and there so we just need to manage the load accordingly for the players and try and keep everyone as healthy as we possibly can."

Ticket news

Tickets are still available for our Continental Cup clash this weekend.

For more information, including pricing, click here.

Matchday Activities

There's plenty going on to keep you and the family occupied ahead of the action!

Below is a full breakdown of what you can get up to...

  • Head over to the West Stand Fanzone for the hour before kick-off and at half-time and put your football skills to the test!
  • Get your face painted in City colours by one of our roaming face painters!
  • Join in with our interactive pre-match quiz to be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes, including City merchandise and a shirt signed by a player!
  • Be one of our starting XI flagbearers and be part of welcoming the team out for kick-off – just approach a playmaker when you get to the stadium to put your name down!
  • Get a selfie with the Moonies – they’ll be around at pre-match and at half-time!

Form Guide

Gareth Taylor's side are searching for a seventh consecutive victory in all competitions when we welcome Sunderland to the Academy Stadium.

City have found the net 20 times during that run, conceding just twice in the process, and currently sit fourth in the Barclays Women's Super League.

Sunderland meanwhile are 11th in the Women's Championship, searching for their first win since a 2-0 triumph over Crystal Palace in October.

In terms of the Continental Cup, City currently sit second in Group B, while Sunderland's slender 1-0 defeat to leaders Liverpool leaves them fourth.

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1 Manchester City Manchester City Man City 4 4 0 0 12 0 12 12 WWWWW
2 Liverpool FC Liverpool Liverpool 4 3 0 1 6 2 4 9 WWWLL
3 Leicester City FC Leicester City Leicester 4 2 0 2 8 5 3 6 WLWL
Last updated: 30 January 2023

Previous meeting

The last time City and Sunderland faced each other was in an FA Cup encounter back in March 2018.

Goals from Demi Stokes, Ella Toone and a Jane Ross brace were enough to secure our progression to the last four on that occasion, with Nick Cushing's side running out 4-2 winners after extra time in South Shields.


Last time out

City made it six wins on the spin with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph away to Everton in our last match.

Julie Blakstad handed Gareth Taylor's side a deserved lead at Walton Hall Park before the hosts levelled on the stroke of half-time through Rikke Sevecke.

But a poacher's finish from Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw was enough to earn City the points on Merseyside, when the Jamaican pounced after Laura Coombs' spectacular strike from distance cannoned back off the post.

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