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Match Preview: Bristol City Women vs Leicester City Women

Bristol City Women will be looking to advance to the final of the FA Continental Cup for the first time in their history as they host Leicester City at Twerton Park on Wednesday night.

It will also be the Robins' first appearance in the semi-finals of the competition after beating Aston Villa in the quarters, with a trip to Vicarage Road awaiting the victors. 

Last time out: 

City obtained three points in the league for the first time this season last time out as they defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 at Twerton Park.

Yana Daniels opened the scoring three minutes in when her long-range effort bounced off the underside of the bar and in. 

Ebony Salmon doubled the lead before the break when she latched onto Jas Matthews’ long ball to poke past the ‘keeper, and the striker got City’s third in the second half from the penalty spot as she found the top corner from 12-yards-out. 

The victory kept the Robins at the bottom of the league but only two behind Aston Villa and West Ham United who sit in touching distance above them.


Form: 

Bristol City Women

Last five games: WLWLL

City have had a strong start to 2021 with the Robins winning two games out of three since their return from the winter break.  

City won 2-1 against Aston Villa in Tanya Oxtoby’s last game in charge before taking maternity leave, a result setting up temporary boss Matt Beard for the club's first-ever semi-final appearance.

Beard led City to their first league win of the campaign in his second game in charge after suffering defeat at the hands of Everton in his first match at the club.

 

Leicester City Women

Last five games: WWWWW

The Foxes are flying high this season in all competitions with Jonathan Morgan’s side sitting top of the Championship table, suffering just one league defeat all season. 

Leicester finished top of their group in the Continental Cup with a 100% record and overcame Crystal Palace 1-0 in the quarter-finals to secure their trip to Twerton Park.

The East-Midland’s side ran out 2-1 winners against Liverpool in their last league game, goals coming from Natasha Flint and Charlie Devlin. 


Memory Lane:

  • Leicester City 2-2 Bristol City (4-2 Pens)
  • FA Continental Cup
  • Farley Way Stadium
  • August 19th, 2018

The last time the two sides met was in the first Continental Cup group match of the 2018/19 season, with the Foxes winning 4-2 on penalties to claim the extra point against City. 

Melissa Johnson tapped past Sophie Baggaley from close range after just 30 seconds to put the hosts ahead.

The Robins equalised through a Lucy Graham penalty early in the second half, however Leicester regained the lead through Sophie Domingo’s curling effort into the top corner. 

Graham rifled a volley into the roof of the net to grab her second of the game on her City debut and level the scoring, sending the game to penalties. 

The hosts managed to score all of their penalties whilst Carla Humphrey and Frankie Brown had their efforts saved, meaning Leicester claimed the extra point.


One to watch: Natasha Flint

Leicester signed Flint from Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window and she’s has hit the ground running for the Foxes, leading the race for the golden boot as the league’s top scorer so far this season.

The 24-year-old has 12 goals in the league as well as three in three in the Conti Cup, taking her total to 15 goals in 16 games this season.

The striker is on a hot streak at the minute, as she’s registered six goals in her last five games, including a last minute winner in the Conti Cup quarter-final.


Word from the camp: Jemma Purfield 

Robins defender Jemma Purfield made her return to the starting XI in the 3-0 league win last Saturday, and the full-back believes that the new-found confidence from their victory can spur her side on to put in a winning performance against Leicester.

“Who doesn’t love a cup run? The confidence you can take from a cup run into the league is massive. We’re really excited, we want to be in a cup final – it’s going to be a battle,” said Purfield.

“Leicester are a good team and we know it is not going to be an easy game,” she added.

“They’ve shown their quality and consistency throughout the Championship season so far and we know they can’t be underestimated. We’ve got to take confidence from our last win and fight to book a place in the final.”


Where to watch:

Bristol City Women take on Leicester City Women in the semi-final of the FA Continental Cup live on the FA Player from 7:30pm


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