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Preview: Manchester City v Blues Women

The game is available to watch live on the BBC Red Button.

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Blues Women travel to Manchester City in the Barclays FA Women's Super League on Sunday afternoon.

The match at the Academy Stadium is Blues' final away day of the 2020/21 season, with Carla Ward's side coming into it on a three-game unbeaten run.

This includes the point earned during the dramatic finale of Wednesday's Second City derby where Veatriki Sarri's 96th-minute free-kick saw Blues deny their local rivals.

Opponents Manchester City head into the meeting second in the standings but with the chance to take top spot as leaders Chelsea are occupied by a Champions League semi-final second leg.

THE OPPOSITION:

Manchester City have lost just once in the league this campaign and in all likelihood will have to maintain that record if they are to have realistic hopes of winning the league. Currently two points behind Chelsea, the pair drew 2-2 last week which leaves the Citizens in need of a slip from Emma Hayes' side.

Before that clash, Gareth Taylor's players had won 12 successive BFAWSL matches scoring 40 of their 60 goals in the process. This run featured putting seven past both Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion, as well as winning the Manchester derby 3-0. 

That victory saw Caroline Weir hit a goal of the season contender, one of eight the Scottish international has netted this campaign. Top-scorer Ellen White (9) has an additional counter as well as recording four assists.  

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues Women showed their fighting spirit to collect a point against their near-neighbours midweek. Behind through Freya Gregory's first-half goal, Blues improved after the break and punished the opposition for failing to see out the game by equalising in injury time. Sarri's appearance from the bench had livened the hosts, so it was fitting that her inch-perfect free-kick shared the derby day spoils.

Taylor’s side also came from behind to earn a draw in their last game, finishing up 2-2 versus Chelsea in the North West. The visitors led at the break despite Chloe Kelly levelling just four minutes after Sam Kerr's opener, as Pernille Harder scored from the penalty spot. But Manchester City rallied in the second period and Lauren Hemp thumped in an equaliser before they were denied the win by a series of impressive Ann-Katrin Berger stops.

WE MEET AGAIN:

Blues 0 Manchester City 4, 28 February 2021

Blues will have a point to prove when travelling to Manchester City this Sunday.

Back in February at St. George's Park, the visitors scored four times in 26 minutes across the space of either half to take the game away from Ward's team.

Sam Mewis hit a brace, with Hemp and Weir notching one each at the National Football Centre.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

BFAWSL 28 Feb 2021 – Blues 0 Manchester City 4

BFAWSL 19 Jan 2020 – Blues 0 Manchester City 2

BFAWSL 12 Oct 2019 – Manchester City 3 Blues 0

Conti Cup 03 Nov 2019 – Manchester City 2 Blues 1

BFAWSL 19 Dec 2018 – Manchester City 1 Blues 0

WATCH LIVE:

The game is available to watch live on the BBC Red Button, kick-off is at 3pm on Sunday.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Emily Heaslip

Assistant Referees: Emily Carney and Georgia Ball

Fourth Official: Kirsty Dowle

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