MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool Ladies v Birmingham City Ladies

 On Wednesday 1st April reigning FAWSL champions Liverpool Ladies host Birmingham City Ladies at the Select Security Stadium, Widnes looking to get back to winning ways.

 The game kicks off at 7:30pm, tickets available on the gate priced at £5 adults and £2.50 for concessions.

 This will be the second meeting of the two sides in 2015 already, Birmingham having progressed to the quarter-finals of The FA Cup at the expense of Liverpool just last weekend.

 During their 3-1 win, Birmingham lost defender Chelsea Weston to an ACL injury which will rule her out for the entire league campaign ahead. Karen Carney is also currently out for the Blues through suspension/ injury, along with Freda Ayisi who picked up a 3 match ban in the 0-0 draw with Manchester City at the weekend while Kirsty Linnett could be a doubt after limping off the pitch late in the same game.

 As for Liverpool, the Reds are almost at full strength; midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir could make a welcome return from injury and Lucy Staniforth made her long-awaited return to competitive football last week. The only player Liverpool could be missing is Ashley Hodson, who is out for 2 months with a knee injury.

 On Sunday Birmingham battled Manchester City for 45 minutes with 10 players following Ayisi’s dismissal, putting in a good showing despite the conditions. Aoife Mannion is a powerful central defender, while stand-in captain Jade Moore has also been in good form.

 Liverpool will enter this game gunning for the 3 points, after back-to-back defeats the Reds will be determined to get their first win of the season. We haven’t seen the best of the new signings yet but the 4-1 pre-season win over Aston Villa shows that there is still goals in this side.

 Natasha Dowie was extremely unlucky not to score against Sunderland during the league opener, hitting the crossbar, and Nicole Rolser was looking her sharpest yet since coming back from an ACL injury.

 Next week 4 Liverpool Ladies players will be involved in international action – Natasha Dowie, Fara Williams and Gemma Bonner will all be with England on Thursday 9th April for their final pre-World Cup friendly against China in Manchester. Emilie Revitt is also in line to make her senior international debut after receiving a call-up to the Wales squad for their friendlies on Monday 6th and Wednesday 8th April against Slovakia. Good luck to all!


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