Manchester United and Brighton meet because the WSL returns this weekend following a short hiatus for the Continental Cup and October worldwide break.
United, gunning for a prime three end and Champions League qualification, have stored tempo with early leaders Arsenal up to now, successful each of their opening video games with out conceding.
Brighton have had extra of a combined begin and slumped to a heavy defeat by the hands of Arsenal on the opening night time of the season following an early purple card. But they bounced again towards Reading the week after, a workforce United had additionally crushed.
Neither workforce can have been significantly proud of their Conti Cup outcomes earlier than pausing for internationals. United have been held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa after initially taking the lead after which shedding a penalty shootout, whereas Brighton have been crushed 3-2 by Championship facet Birmingham.
As far as face to face video games between the 2 go, United have gained all three of their WSL house matches towards Brighton, with the guests but to even rating a purpose. In whole, the Red Devils have gained 4 of six WSL fixtures, with one draw and a sole Seagulls win again in April 2021.
When is kick off? Sunday 16 October, 12:00 (BST)
Where is the match being performed? Leigh Sports Village
TV channel/livestream? BBC Two/iPlayer (UK), FA Player (worldwide)
What time does protection begin? 11:45 (BST)
Referee? Emily Heaslip
The huge information is that Alessia Russo is unavailable to face her former membership. She is again in coaching after struggling an damage that pressured her miss England’s video games towards USA and Czech Republic, however is not able to function right here.
One of Adriana Leon, Nikita Parris or Martha Thomas is more likely to change her. Veteran summer season signing Rachel Williams can also be in rivalry for a debut after recovering from a knee damage.
Skinner is unlikely to tinker with what had been an distinctive defensive unit up to now, however there might be a relaxation for Hayley Ladd after enjoying 120 minutes twice for Wales.
Brighton boss Hope Powell reported no new accidents forward of this one and declared all of those that represented nationwide groups prior to now 10 days as ‘match and wholesome’. She did nevertheless, touch upon the ‘very tight turnaround’ with Thursday the primary time the squad was again coaching collectively.
Megan Connolly has been nursing a rib damage since September, whereas Rebekah Stott is a longer-term absentee following ankle surgical procedure final month.
Man Utd (4-3-3): Earps; Batlle, Le Tissier, Turner, Blundell; Zelem, Moore, Toone; Garcia, Parris, Galton.
Brighton (4-3-3): Walsh; Fox, Williams, Kullberg, Pattinson; Bance, Olme, Sarri; Robinson, Lee, Terland.
The lack of Alessia Russo is a blow, however United spent the summer season recruiting attacking gamers they hope to offer them the depth to deal with conditions reminiscent of this one.
Russo might be changed by any of a number of worldwide calibre gamers, whereas United have remained rock stable on the again and are extraordinarily robust at house. Brighton will not roll over, however a purple win is on the playing cards.
Prediction: Man Utd 2-0 Brighton
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