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Preview: Blues Women v Tottenham Hotspur

The game is available to watch live on the FA Player.

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Blues Women host Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday afternoon.

The 2.30pm kick-off is the final league fixture of the 2020/21 campaign and comes with Blues’ survival destiny firmly in their own hands.

Victory at the SportNation.bet stadium – where Carla Ward’s side are unbeaten since November – would guarantee safety regardless of results elsewhere.

And although Blues know that dropped points in other games could seal their safety, they will be going all out to beat Spurs in only their second BFAWSL meeting.

Three points could take them above the Lilywhites and, depending on the outcome of West Ham United’s game with Manchester City, has the possibility of lifting them to eighth in the final standings.

THE OPPOSITION:

Tottenham Hotspur are without a league win since January but go into the final round of fixtures safe in the knowledge that they will be playing in the top-flight next season, with draws against Reading and Bristol City during March giving them the necessary breathing space.

But the most significant run of Spurs’ campaign came either side of Christmas and the New Year when they recorded three straight victories. This sequence coincided with the arrival of Rehane Skinner after the sacking of head coaches, Karen Hills and Juan Amoros, and saw them beat Brighton and Hove Albion, Aston Villa and West Ham.

Before this, they were second bottom and without a league win to their name. Although, the capture of U.S. World Cup winner Alex Morgan had served to raise the club’s profile in spite of their on-field struggles.

Morgan returned to America at the end of 2020 with just four Super League appearances to her name. In contrast, Angela Addison has appeared in every BAFWSL game to date this term.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues were beaten by a Manchester City side who went top of the table in their most recent outing. Chloe Kelly, who would later be stretchered off injured, hit a first-half brace at the Academy Stadium before Blues started to frustrate their hosts and Hannah Hampton kept out Caroline Weir’s penalty after the break. However, the resistance of Ward’s team was broken again late on as Esme Morgan and Sam Mewis added goals three and four.

Tottenham also suffered defeat when they last took to the field as Chelsea returned to the table's summit midweek. Skinner's side were downed by a Sam Kerr double, with the division's top-scorer striking either side of the interval after some stubborn Spurs rearguard action. The Australian's opener came from a tight angle before she doubled her tally for the evening when converting the rebound to her initial header.

WE MEET AGAIN:

Blues Women 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1, December 4 2019

Blues and Spurs played out a score draw when the sides last met.

Abi Grant gave the hosts a half-time lead when she headed home from a Lucy Staniforth through ball before the interval.

And Blues had chances to extend their advantage through the aforementioned Staniforth and Rebecca Holloway, the latter having a free-kick pushed over.

However, the home side were unable to add a second and conceded an equaliser in the 83rd minute when Kit Graham converted from a Gemma Davison cross.

WATCH LIVE:

The game is available to watch live on the FA Player, kick-off is at 2.30pm.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Lisa Benn

Assistant Referees: Daniel Todd and Lauren Impey

Fourth Official: Richie Watkins

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