PREVIEW: Birmingham City Ladies vs Liverpool

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Birmingham City Ladies vs Liverpool Ladies
2017/18 Women’s Super League 1
Sunday 25th March, 2018
KO: 14:00
Venue: Damson Park

Birmingham City Ladies will be looking to continue where they left off this weekend after beating Manchester City 2-0 before the international break.

A double from England international Ellen White gave the Blues the win on the night, just three days after losing to Man City in the FA Cup.

She has added to her tally this past month while away with England at the She Believes Cup, scoring twice against Germany.

The Blues welcome Liverpool on Sunday, who are coming into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to league leaders Chelsea.

This will be the second meeting between the two sides this season, with Liverpool edging it 1-0 against Birmingham back in November.

The Reds are currently in fourth, five points ahead of the Blues who sit in fifth going into this weekend’s match.

Team News

Birmingham: Hayley Ladd remains a doubt for the Blues after limping off against Manchester City back in February. She recently travelled with the Welsh squad for the Cyprus Cup competition but did not feature.

Liverpool: Amy Turner is set to miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery earlier this month. The Reds will also be without Casey Stoney who has retired to join Phil Neville’s coaching staff with the England squad. Gemma Bonner remains a doubt due to injury, having not played since January.

Head-To-Head

Birmingham has faced Liverpool 17 times since the Women’s Super League began in 2011, and has won eight.

Liverpool has won seven times with the remaining two matches ending in a draw.

Birmingham’s biggest win over Liverpool in the WSL era came in 2011 when Rachel Williams bagged a hat-trick in a 4-0 away win.

Form

Birmingham City: WWLLW
Liverpool: LLWWL

Last Meeting

Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham City (November 11)

Niamh Charles’ chipped effort the difference between the sides in a game of very few chances at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

Predicted Starting XI

Thoughts from Manager Marc Skinner

With eight games left of the WSL season, manager Marc Skinner is looking for a focused final three months from his side.

“I have set the girls a challenge that we want to win every game,” said Skinner.

“Our mind-set is that we need to attack every game like we are going to win it.

“We have to go to try and win by controlling performance and maintaining high standards.

“If we can do that then we give ourselves the best opportunity, even against the teams people say we are not expected to beat.”

Great Since ’68 Score Predictions

We lost narrowly away earlier in the season but were without some of our key players such as the fantastic Ann-Katrin Berger in goal.

With her back for this one, along with the likes of captain Kerys Harrop who was suspended for the last game, I can see the Blues coming out on top. I’m going for a 1-0 home win.

My co-host Chris Pugh was unable to make the show this week but has gone for a 2-0 win for Birmingham.

Feel free to send in your own predictions to the show on Twitter, @greatsince68 and listen to our latest episode of the podcast here: http://bit.ly/greatsince23

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