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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 Wednesday night.

The match is their second home fixture in the space of four days after they drew 0-0 with Brighton & Hove Albion in the league on Sunday.

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 team come into this match knowing that a win would lift them back into seventh place ahead of a trip to Manchester United this weekend.

THE OPPOSITION:

Everton have made strong running 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.

The Toffees 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 Wednesday, Everton will be looking to build on their recent success over Bristol City, a game which saw them boosted by the return of Valerie Gauvin. She struck in both the semi and final of the FA Cup, but until Sunday had not featured since November through injury.

Blues will also need to keep tabs on England international Izzy Christiansen. Against the Vixens, she scored twice and provided another in a standout individual performance.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues started 2021 with a point and a clean sheet at home to Brighton. In a game of few chances, Blues were thankful for the concentration of goalkeeper Hannah Hampton as Brighton looked to breakthrough in the second-half. Although it was Ward's side who came closest to winning it late on, with Chloe McCarron seeing her effort from the edge of the area well saved. The match also featured strong debuts for new signings Emily Murphy and Ruesha Littlejohn.

Everton picked up their first win of the year as they put stuck four without reply past Bristol City on home turf. Leading 2-0 at half-time, after goals from Christiansen and Simone Magil, Willie Kirk's side added two more after the break. Christiansen completed a brace before Megan Finnigan scored her first for the club to wrap up victory with just over an hour played.

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 7pm.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Scott Simpson

Assistant Referees: Alan Berrow and Lucy-Ann Briggs

Fourth Official: Sarah Garratt

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