Manchester United Women v Manchester City Women Preview, Team News & Predictions


Manchester City will travel to neighbors and rivals City United on Wednesday for the League Cup group clash, a game manager Gareth Taylor will desperately want to win.

The Blues have struggled so far this season, and with Sunday’s 4-0 home hammer still fresh in the minds of the faithful, City will be eager to deliver a performance that belies their league status. City suffered their biggest home loss since 2014 and are yet to win a league game at Academy Stadium.

However, the League Cup offered a welcome respite for Taylor’s side, with City leading the group with two out of two wins, having beaten Everton and Durham in previous rounds.

Overview

United will undoubtedly cause City a few more problems than Durham in the final round. The Blues drew 2-2 at Leigh Sports Village in October and even took the lead after Georgia Stanway was sent off. United responded with two goals, before City equalized late.

Wednesday night’s victory will see the Blues take a big step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals, and the Blues still have one game to play after the derby, which is a trip to Leicester.

United drew against Durham, a game that ended 2-2, and drew in their last three WSL games, and everything points to it being another stalemate.

The Reds occupy fifth place in the championship with twelve points, five more than the Blues and are third in the League Cup standings.

Team news

City could welcome Bunny Shaw again, who has missed the last three games with a foot injury. However, City will still be without goalkeepers Ellie Roebuck and Karen Bardsley, while defenders Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Esme Morgan are also sidelined. Chloe Kelly remains a long time absent.

What the boss says

Gareth Taylor says there is no additional incentive before the derby. “There is no additional incentive needed for these games – a Derby is a Derby and of course we want to be successful. It’s the second at Leigh Sports Village in a short period of time, although it’s a different competition than the Championship, in which we fought hard to draw 2-2.

“We’re looking to do better this time around to try to win the game. This is of course the objective. We understand United will be in a situation where they have to win as well, which sets things up for a good game. “

Prediction

City will have to dig deep to get a result on Wednesday. Confidence is low, but their cup shape is good. Although United are likely to score, City could just activate the style.

Manchester United Women 1-2 Manchester City Women.

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