Blues know a win at Walton Hall Park would take them onto 13 points.BCFC
The trip to Merseyside is the first outing of an exciting month with the Second-City derby lying in wait just a few days later.
And Carla Ward’s team will head to the North West confident that they can mix it with the Toffees after showing real quality and resilience despite the defeat against Manchester United last time out.
Blues know a win at Walton Hall Park would take them onto 13 points and, depending on results elsewhere, could elevate them to seventh in the table.
Everton will be keen to return to winning ways and hold onto fifth spot after losing to Manchester United last Sunday. The setback came a week on from putting four without reply past Bristol City, a victory that reiterated the progress they have made with Willie Kirk at the helm.
Such strong development was outlined from the outset of the campaign with Everton recording four wins on the bounce, including a 6-0 thumping away to Aston Villa. And this impressive form was emphasised further by knocking Chelsea out the Vitality Women's FA Cup before pipping Blues to a place in the final.
They were beaten in the Wembley showpiece by Manchester City after extra time and this coincided with a loss of form on the league front, with January’s success over the Vixens being their first three points since October.
The Toffees will be boosted by the recent loan captures of Jill Scott and Alisha Lehmann until the end of the season, as they continue to emphasise their current status as the number one women’s outfit on Merseyside.
LAST TIME OUT:
Blues’ brave showing was not enough as they were edged out by Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village in their most recent match. Going in level at the break, the team were undone shortly after the restart when Leah Galton scored from close range. The game was then put beyond Blues’ reach when Ella Toone doubled the host’s advantage inside the final ten minutes.
The Red Devils also proved too strong for Everton the following weekend. In the opposite to the meeting with Blues, United did their business before the interval as this time Toone opened the scoring. Her effort was added to just before half-time when U.S. international Christen Press beat the home side’s offside trap to fire in what proved to be the game’s final goal.
WE MEET AGAIN:
Blues will be hoping to exact revenge over an Everton side that stopped them from reaching the 2020 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 as they progressed to the final. Simone Magill put the visitors in front on the cusp of half time, with goals after the break from Nicoline Sorensen and Valerie 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
The game will be streamed live on the FA Player, kick-off is at 2pm.
Referee: Lisa Benn
Assistant Referees: Jake Topp and Georgia Ball
Fourth Official: Rebecca Welch