by Andrew Crawshaw
In his press conference, Jonas Eidevall confirmed that there were no new injuries and that both Kim Little and Lina Hurtig are progressing as they recover from their injuries but that neither would be ready for this game. Both are expected back in training before Christmas, which might mean that they will make the trip to Switzerland for our last group stage Champions League fixture on the 21st December.
Aston Villa Players to be wary of
Their principal threat comes from Rachel Daly (the WSL player of the month for November) who has scored 8 of their goals so far this season so is averaging a goal a game. Jonas warned that it wouldn’t be that easy to just pay attention to her as they have other threats across their team.
Nevertheless as Manchester United showed last week by beating them 5 – 0, they can be overwhelmed. I wouldn’t expect us to win with quite that impressive a scoreline but would be very surprised and somewhat cross if we fail to get the three points.
Expected starting 11
Manuella Zinsberger (GK)
Laura Wienroither, Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza, Steph Catley
Lia Wälti, Frida Maanum
Matie McCabe, Stina Blackstenius, Caitlin Foord
Kaylan Marckese (GK), Lotte Wubben-Moy, Jen Beattie, Teyah Goldie, Noelle Maritz, Jordan Nobbs, Mana Iwabuchi, Michelle Agyemang
The other matches are all being played on Sunday
12:30 – Manchester City v Manchester United. So far City have had the edge over their neighbours but I rather fancy this one to end as only the second draw in the league this season. City have rallied from a dreadful start and are now looking more like their usual selves and I really cannot get over the feeling that United have overachieved this season. No matter what the result one of them at least is likely to loose ground compared with us.
14:00 Brighton v Everton. Not a lot between these two teams either; it may well be another draw. I would like to see Gio Queiroz our young Brazilian on loan with Everton get a longer run out than her customary 10-15 minute cameo.
14:00 Liverpool v Leicester. Leicester are awful this year, they have only scored two goals all season and are conceding nearly three a game. Liverpool to win this one by two or three goals
14:00 – Tottenham v West Ham. Another one that has a draw written large over it. West Ham are ahead in the table but Tottenham have played two fewer games.
18:45 – Chelsea v Reading. I don’t think that Reading have anything like enough firepower to trouble Chelsea and expect the Londoners to win comfortably by three or more goals.
Our game kicks off at 16:15 and is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event.
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