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Preview: Blues v Everton

Blues will be hoping to exact revenge over an Everton side that stopped them from reaching the recent Women’s FA Cup final.

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Blues Women are back in action as they host Everton at the SportNation.bet Stadium (Damson Park) in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday afternoon.

The match is their second home fixture of the week after they were beaten on penalties by Leicester City in the Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup on Wednesday.

It is also the second time that Blues welcome the Toffees to the West Midlands this season after the two sides faced off in September’s FA Cup semi-final.

Carla Ward’s side come into this weekend having been beaten by Arsenal but have won three of their last five league matches. Perhaps more impressively, each of these victories brought a clean sheet, including a 1-0 success over Aston Villa in November.

THE OPPOSITION:

Everton have made a positive opening to the season and currently sit in fifth place. Under the stewardship of Willie Kirk, they have made good progress, eclipsing Liverpool as the number one women’s outfit on Merseyside.

Although without a win in their last four league matches, Everton started the season with a quartet of consecutive wins. Two of these came on the road by an aggregate scoreline of 10-0, having put four and then six past Everton and Aston Villa respectively.

This fine start was coupled with progression to their first FA Cup final since 2014 after they overcame Blues in the last four before they were eventually seen off by Manchester City in extra time at Wembley.

On Sunday, however, the Toffees will be missing Valerie Gauvin, who struck in both the semi and final of the FA Cup, along with Claire Emslie and Gabby George as they look to return to winning ways in the sides first league meeting since September 2019.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues exited the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup after a 6-5 penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City. It could have been a different story had Mollie Green not seen her penalty saved by Kirstie Level, but after more resistance from both backlines, the deadlock remained unbroken as the game went to penalties. It was then the unfortunate Connie Scofield who missed a decisive penalty before Leicester’s Aimee Everett won it for the Foxes.

Everton also fell to defeat in their most recent match, losing 3-0 at home to Manchester City in the Women’s Super League. Overwhelmed by a clinical City display, the Toffees were unable to recover from a first half in which they conceded three times. Goals from Gemma Bonner and Janine Beckie added to the opener from former Blues striker Ellen White to give the Citizens the points.

WE MEET AGAIN:

Blues will be hoping to exact revenge over an Everton side that stopped them from reaching the recent Women’s FA Cup final.

Having only played their quarter-final tie three days earlier it was always going to be a tough turnaround for Ward’s stretched squad – and so it proved.

The in-form Toffee’s continued their winning run in both the league and cup to progress to the Wembley showpiece. Simone Magill put the visitors in front on the cusp of half time, with goals after the break from Nicoline Sorensen and Gauvin preventing Blues from mounting a comeback.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

FA Cup 30 Sep 2020 – Blues 0 Everton 3

Conti Cup 22 Sep 2019 – Blues 1 Everton 0

FAWSL 08 Sep 2019 – Blues 0 Everton 1

FAWSL 17 Apr 2019 – Everton 1 Blues 3

FAWSL 8 Sep 2018 – Blues 1 Everton 0

WATCH LIVE:

The game will be streamed live on the FA Player, kick-off is at 2pm.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee - Scott Simpson

Assistant Referees - Alan Berrow and Magdalena Golba

Fourth Official - Jacob Miles

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