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Match Preview: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Bristol City Women

Only victory will do for Bristol City Women when they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon with the battle for WSL safety coming down to the final game of the season.

Currently on 12 points and sitting two points behind Aston Villa, the Robins will need to win at the People’s Pension Stadium and hope Villa lose in their game against Arsenal if they want to sustain their place in the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League for another season.

Last time out: Bristol City Women 0-1 Manchester United

City put in a valiant display in the penultimate game of the season but unfortunately slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Twerton Park.

Kiera Skeels, Molly Pike, and Ebony Salmon all had decent chances in the first half with Skeels coming the closest when her effort shook the crossbar, but the goal never came.

United took the lead when Yana Daniels cruelly bundled the ball into her own net when trying to stop a cross on the line, and the contest finished 1-0.


Form: 

Bristol City Women

Last five games: DLLDL

The loss against Manchester United was the Robins’ third in their last five – nevertheless, all of the last three losses in the league came against teams in the top four of the leagues. 

City will be encouraged by their good WSL away record in recent weeks. Matt Beard’s side haven’t lost on the road in over three months, with the last defeat coming on January 17th. 

City will be hoping that they can continue their run of form into the final game of the season.

Brighton and Hove Albion 

Last five games: LWWLL

The 3-0 defeat to Bristol City in January looked to be a wake-up call for the Seagulls, with Hope Powell’s side going on to surge up the league title with a string of impressive results.

The momentum has seemed to drop off in recent weeks, however, with Brighton having lost three of their last five – the two wins coming against Manchester United in the league and the Robins in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. 

Sitting comfortably in seventh place, City will be looking to take advantage of Brighton’s slight dip in form come Sunday.


Memory Lane:

  • Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Bristol City
  • April 18, 2021
  • People’s Pension Stadium
  • Vitality FA Cup Fourth Round

City fell to a 1-0 defeat in their last meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion as the Seagulls emerged victorious in the FA Cup fourth round.

It was a cagey affair in Crawley with both sides failing to create any clear-cut chances in the first half.

The second half started in the same manner as the first, but the hosts took the lead when Naomi Layzell was penalised for a hand ball in the box, and Inessa Kaagman stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, which she dispatched into the top left corner.

Despite a couple of half-chances, the Robins couldn’t claw their way back into the game as they bowed out of the competition.


One to watch: Lee Geum-Min

On loan at Brighton from Manchester City, Lee Geum-Min managed to grab her first two goals in a Brighton shirt last weekend in their side's loss to Reading. The South Korean international scored a strong contender for goal of the season.

The forward netted from nearly 40-yards-out against Reading as she bagged a brace for her side, and the 27-year-old will be looking to build on her first goals of the season when the Robins travel to the People’s Pension Stadium this weekend. 


Word from the camp: Matt Beard

City boss Beard explained that his squad know the importance of the task ahead, and he also expressed how proud he is of his squad to ensure they find themselves in the position to fight for safety on the final day.

“We know what we need to do on the day and then hope that other results go our way,” said Beard.

“If you’d have said to me when I arrived in January that it would go down to the last game of the season, I would have snapped your hand off due to the position we were in.

“The extra games we played, the number of points we were off the likes of Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Ham and I’ve said to the girls that nobody expected us to take it to the last day.

“We need to embrace that, we need to go to Brighton with no fear, give the best version of ourselves and hope that’s enough."


Where to watch:

Supporters can watch Bristol City Women final game of the season when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion at People’s Pension Stadium on Sunday (2:30pm KO) live on the FA Player App.

WATCH HERE


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