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The last Continental Cup quarter-final takes place on Thursday, as five-time champions Arsenal face an Aston Villa facet making an attempt to achieve the final 4 of the competitors for the very first time.

The Gunners have a proud historical past within the Conti Cup, successful 5 of the primary seven renditions of the competitors between 2011 and 2018, with their most up-to-date success coming in 2018.

Villa have by no means progressed previous the quarter-finals, however are having fun with the season of their life within the WSL. The fixture may also see new Villa signing Jordan Nobbs return to Meadow Park for the primary time since she lately referred to as time on her 12 years at Arsenal to signal for Carla Ward’s facet.

When is kick off? Thursday 26 January 19:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being performed? Meadow Park
TV channel/dwell stream? FA Player (UK, worldwide)
Referee: Carl Brook

Arsenal stay with out long-term absentees Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema, because the pair proceed their comebacks from ACL accidents. But the Gunners might hand debuts to their three January signings Victoria Pelova, Kathrine Kuhl and Sabrina D’Angelo.

Villa shall be with out first selection centre-back pairing Dan Turner and Anna Patten – the previous suffered a concussion in opposition to Manchester City final trip, whereas the latter can not function in opposition to her dad or mum membership Arsenal as per the phrases of her mortgage settlement.

Lucy Staniforth can be unavailable as she is cup-tied, having already featured within the Conti Cup group levels for former membership Manchester United earlier this season. Simone Magill, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah and Tash Harding stay long-term absentees.

Arsenal ran out snug 4-1 winners when the 2 sides met within the WSL in December – however this got here in opposition to a a lot depleted Villa, who had been within the recreation for a lot of the competition.

This time, Villa shall be slightly quick within the centre of defence because of the lack of each Patten and Turner – and that might finally be telling.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa

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