League Cup preview: Everton v United Women
Manchester United Women take on Everton in the FA Women's Continental League Cup on Sunday and you can watch the game live on MUTV.
Kick-off at the Pure Stadium in Southport is scheduled for 12:30 GMT, with our matchday coverage available to subscribers from midday.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the match...
HOW CAN I WATCH IT?
As well as showing the game live on MUTV, we’ll also be providing updates through our official Twitter account @ManUtdWomen. After the conclusion of the game, a full match report will be published on ManUtd.com and on our Official App. If you can’t watch the game live, MUTV will be showing the full 90 minutes again at 20:00 GMT, with video highlights available on the website.
Casey Stoney’s side will be looking to make it six points from six in Group C, after an impressive 2-0 victory over Manchester City two weeks ago. That was the third of four consecutive wins the Reds have put together, with league successes over Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Reading – all secured without conceding a goal – placing us fourth in the Barclays FA WSL table in our debut campaign.
The Toffees lost 1-0 at Birmingham City in their only League Cup match so far and are level on points with United in the league, albeit a place lower due to their inferior goal difference. Willie Kirk’s side have defeated Birmingham, Bristol City and Brighton and lost to Manchester City and Reading in 2019/20. After managing just 12 points from their 20 league games last season, it’s clear the Toffees are a different prospect this time around having strengthened over the summer.
United forward Kirsty Hanson has been nominated for the WSL Player of the Month award for October after scoring in the wins over Spurs and Reading. The 21-year-old, who has also been called up to the Scotland national team for the first time for the upcoming international against Albania, has flourished on the right-hand side of an attacking trio, alongside Leah Galton and Lauren James, that has really started to find its feet in the top-flight.
As far as the home side are concerned, summer signings Tinja-Riikka Korpela (goalkeeper) and Kika van Es (centre-back) have helped boost the Toffees’ backline. The Merseysiders have conceded just three goals in five games in the league in 2019/20, after leaking over two per game last season. Further forward, Scotland international midfielder Lucy Graham has been an important addition from Bristol City, while Chloe Kelly has struck four of the seven goals Everton have registered so far.
Although 2019/20 is the first campaign in which we’ve been in the same league as the Merseysiders, we have met previously – and it came in this very competition. Casey Stoney’s side ran out 3-0 winners in Southport last season to book a place in the quarter-finals. Goals from Lauren James, Leah Galton and Katie Zelem secured an impressive victory, and the Reds will be hoping for more of the same this time out.
Eleven FA Women's Continental League Cup matches are scheduled to take place this weekend, with two on Saturday and nine on Sunday. The other game in our group, Manchester City v Birmingham City, kicks off at 14:00 GMT on Sunday.
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER
Aston Villa Women v Liverpool Women (19:30 GMT)
Lewes Women v Chelsea Women
SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Arsenal Women
Bristol City Women v London City Lionesses (15:00 GMT)
Crystal Palace Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women
Durham Women v Coventry United Ladies (12:00 GMT)
Everton v UNITED (12:30 GMT)
London Bees v Charlton Athletic Women
Manchester City Women v Birmingham City Women
Reading Women v West Ham United Women
Sheffield United Women v Blackburn Ladies
All kick-offs 14:00 GMT unless stated.
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