Women's match preview: United v Tottenham
Manchester United Women will be hoping to move above Tottenham Hotspur Women in the Women's Super League table this Sunday, when we host Karen Hills’s side at Leigh Sports Village.
Casey Stoney’s side will also be hoping to build on our encouraging performance on Wednesday, when we beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 in the quarter-final of the Continental League Cup.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s league clash against our rivals from last season's Championship race, Tottenham…
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The match will be streamed live on the FA Player, with kick-off taking place at 12:00 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. MUTV will also be showing the full 90 minutes again at 19:30 GMT that day, while video highlights will be available on the website.
The Reds beat Brighton 2-1 on Wednesday night to progress to the last four of the League Cup, but prior to that we went down 1-0 to Bristol City. That shock defeat brought to an end our six-game winning run at home, but we're still heading into the clash with three wins in our last four in all competitions.
As for Tottenham, they have lost two of their previous three league matches and haven’t won away since the beginning of November. Last time out, the North London side enjoyed a dramatic home victory over West Ham United. After leading for most of the game, Spurs were pegged back in the 90th minute by Kenza Dali, before Rianna Dean grabbed the winner in the sixth minute of injury time.
United and Tottenham were locked in a two-way title battle last season, one the Reds ultimately emerged victorious from. That was much in part to our double header of wins over Spurs in 2018/19, with the Reds winning those league matches 4-1 and 5-1. In fact, had those results been reversed, Spurs would have clinched top spot above United. Earlier this campaign we again locked horns with Tottenham and it was a familiar feeling as we came away with all three points, thanks to a confident 3-0 win with Kirsty Hanson and Jane Ross on the scoresheet, along with an Ashleigh Neville own-goal. That means from three outings against Spurs, we've beaten them thrice via a combined scoreline of 12-2.
Katie Zelem ran the proceedings in midfield against Brighton in midweek and will be hoping to do likewise on Sunday. The skipper set up Abbie McManus’s opener and her defence-splitting pass started off the move which ultimately ended with Jane Ross tapping in our second-half goal. Our no.10 is also more than capable of finding the back of the net herself and has scored five times in all competitions this season.
As for Spurs, Gemma Davison could be one to watch. The experienced winger has had a troubled start to her Tottenham career after picking up a long-term ankle injury earlier this campaign, but the 32-year-old has since recovered and played in Spurs’ last four league matches. During her distinguished career, Davison has won the WSL title with three different clubs: Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
There is a full set of WSL fixtures on Sunday, with all 12 sides in action. The Reds will keep an eye out for the scoreline in Reading’s trip to Everton, with the Royals just two points ahead of us in the table. Elsewhere, Manchester City travel to Birmingham City, while Bristol City host Liverpool. Here’s the full list of fixtures…
Birmingham City v Manchester City
United v Tottenham Hotspur
Everton v Reading
Arsenal v Chelsea
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City v Liverpool
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