It’s Manchester derby day in the Women’s Super League, as Manchester City host Manchester United at the Academy Stadium tonight in an important game at the top of the table.
A Manchester Derby in the Women’s Super League
The game is a mouth-watering contest between two Women’s Super League heavyweights, and both will be targeting three points to boost their own title aspirations.
Casey Stoney’s side head into the game sitting second in the table with 32 points from 14 games, while City are third and two points further adrift – albeit with a game in hand over their local rivals.
The Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Reading on February 7 – their first home league loss since January 2020.
It was a missed opportunity for United, who could have leapfrogged Chelsea at the top of the table after their shock 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Manchester City in Scintillating Form
Meanwhile, Gareth Taylor’s team are in scintillating form going into the contest. They have won each of their last six games in the league since letting a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Manchester United in this season’s reverse fixture at Leigh Sports Village on November 14.
Taylor revealed that he has a clean bill of health in his squad following a 2-1 win away at Arsenal on February 7, with Demi Stokes and Sam Mewis the only players ruled out through injury.
Long Injury List for Manchester United
Stoney has a longer list of absentees heading into the clash, as Tobin Heath (ankle), Alessia Russo (hamstring), Lucy Staniforth (knock) are all ruled out, while Lauren James (quad) and Kirsty Smith (calf) are both doubtful.
But there was some good news on the injury front, after the United boss confirmed that Martha Harris had returned to full training after recovering from a hip injury and is in contention to feature against City.
It is all gearing up for a highly-entertaining derby day clash, as the Women’s Super League title race takes another twist.
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