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Preview: Birmingham City v United Women

Tuesday 10 December 2019 17:49

Manchester United Women will be looking to seal qualification for the knockout stages of the Continental Tyres League Cup, as the Reds travel to Solihull to face Birmingham City on Wednesday.

United's League Cup campaign has gone swimmingly thus far, with a fantastic derby victory over local rivals Manchester City, a 3-0 win over Everton, and an 11-1 thrashing of Leicester City at Leigh Sports Village in November.

Our three victories have all but secured qualification for the next round, and the Reds will be hoping for a clean sweep when we travel to the West Midlands to face Blues.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of our next fixture, including how you can watch it live on MUTV...

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United Women 11 Leicester City 1

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Wednesday's game at SportNation.bet Stadium will be shown live on MUTV, with coverage getting under way at 19:00 GMT and kick-off at 19:30 GMT. As usual, we’ll be providing updates on our official Twitter account @ManUtdWomen and, after the game, a full match report will be published on ManUtd.com and in our Official App. If you can’t watch the game live, MUTV will be showing the full 90 minutes again at 23:30 GMT. Video highlights will also be available on the website.


United returned to winning ways in the Women's Super League last week, with a 3-1 victory over Everton at Leigh Sports Village. Lauren James' fourth-minute strike got us up and running, before Katie Zelem's spot-kick doubled our advantage eight minutes later. James ensured the points were safe with her second goal in first-half stoppage time.

As for Birmingham City, after finishing as best of the rest in last season's WSL table - behind Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea - this season has failed to spark into life. So far, our hosts have only won two of their league fixtures, drawing one and losing five. The Continental Cup will be seen as their best chance of gaining some silverware, and heading into the final round of fixtures, Marta Tejedor's side are in need of a comfortable win against the Reds to ensure progression, as they currently sit in third with an inferior goal difference to second-placed Manchester City.

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After scoring five in our 11-1 thrashing of Leicester City, Ella Toone is our top scorer in the Continental Cup, and will be hoping to add to her tally against Blues. Hot on her heels are Jess Sigsworth, our skipper Katie Zelem and Lauren James, who all have two goals to their name in this tournament.

Rachel Williams is Birmingham's main threat. The Leicester-born striker has scored in all three of the Blues' League Cup fixtures this term and will be hoping to continue this trend to help her side reach the quarter-finals. Lucy Staniforth and Adrienne Jordan have both chipped in with goals so far as well.

Rachel Williams is Birmingham's top scorer in all competitions, with four goals in the Continental Cup.


There are 11 Continental Cup fixtures taking place on Wednesday. In terms of our group, the only other fixture taking place sees Everton travel to the East Midlands to face Leicester City, as Manchester City have already finished their matches following the withdrawal of Yeovil from the competition. Elsewhere, league leaders Arsenal host London Bees while Chelsea are at home to Reading.

Here is a full list of fixtures...


Liverpool v Durham (18:30 GMT)
Chelsea v Reading (19:00 GMT)
West Ham United v Crystal Palace
Sheffield United v Coventry United
Arsenal v London Bees
London City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Lewes
Birmingham City v Manchester United
Charlton Athletic v Bristol City (19:45 GMT)
Leicester City v Everton (19:45 GMT)
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers (20:00 GMT)

Kick-off times are at 19:30 GMT, unless stated otherwise.