Manchester City Women v Leicester Women – The Opposition


Manchester City women are welcome Leicester city The Women at the Academy Stadium on Sunday as they continue to hunt neighbors and rivals United for the final Champions League place.

The blues are three points behind the reds but have one game less. City also reduced the gap on goal difference to just three, and a few goals against the Foxes wouldn’t hurt the Blues.

Leicester are in their first season in the WSL and, after a rocky start that saw them entrenched at the bottom of the table. However, four wins, coupled with poor form from Birmingham City, saw Leicester replaced at the bottom of the table by Birmingham, although the Foxes have suffered some serious beatings this season.

Form

Leicester come into the game in Manchester after four consecutive defeats, two of which were heavy and one was an absolute pounding. After beating West Ham 3-0 at home in February, Leicester were beaten 4-0 at Manchester Unitedthen lost 3-2 to Everton. Successive home games against Chelsea, where they were thrashed 9-0 in front of their home fans, before Arsenal put up five more unanswered. Leicester were also beaten 7-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cupmeaning they have conceded twenty-eight goals in just five matches.

These defeats came after three successive victories that took the bottom team out. 3-1 win at Tottenham was followed by a 2-1 draw against relegation rivals Birmingham City, before the home win over Wet Ham United.

Despite their troubles, Leicester are still seven points clear of Birmingham, but the lowest-placed side are one game short. This match against City at the Academy Stadium will take place on the 4thand May.

Dangerous players

Leicester have scored just fourteen league goals this season, and eight of them have netted two goals apiece. Jessica Sigsworth, Natasha Flint, Samantha Tierney and Jemma Purfield are the top scorers.

Assists are Shannon O’Brien and Molly Pike. Both have two each this season, while Sigsworth, Flint and Purfield each have one each.

Who’s the boss?

Lydia Bedford is in the hot seat for Leicester City. She took up her duties as manager on 6and December and was tasked with reversing the misfortunes of the foxes. After losing their opening game in charge 4-0 at Arsenal, Leicester picked up their first three points of the season by beating Birmingham 2-0.

Last outing

Sunday’s game will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two, with City winning the previous three by decent scores. The Blues beat Leicester 6-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final in September, before beating Leicester 4-1 in the WSL clash in November. The Blues went on to win 5-0 at Leicester en route to League Cup glory, and the faithful will be hoping for more goals on Sunday.

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