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Match Preview: Everton Women vs Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women will be looking to start life strong under new manager Matt Beard as the Robins travel to Merseyside to take on Everton in the Barclays FAWSL.

Beard will take charge of Bristol City Women until the end of the 2020/21 season while Robins manager Tanya Oxtoby takes maternity leave.

The 43-year-old boasts an impressive managerial record in England, winning back-to-back league titles with Liverpool in 2013 and 2014, and the manager will be hoping to start his time at Bristol City on the front foot against Everton.

Last time out: 

City kickstarted 2021 with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Continental cup on Wednesday night, a victory which guaranteed the Robins a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

A vital save from City keeper Benedicte Håland made sure the sides went into the break all square before a quickfire double from Ebony Salmon in the second-half put City 2-0 ahead.

Nadine Larsen pulled a late goal back for Villa, but City were able to hold on and send themselves into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history. 


Form: 

Everton Women

Last five games: DWLWL

Everton are yet to play in 2020 with their last match coming in December, a 4-0 loss to Arsenal in the WSL.

It’s been a tough few months for Willie Kirk’s side after a strong start to the season, with Everton winless in the league since mid-October.

Their most recent win came in the Conti Cup against the league's table-toppers Manchester United, with captain Lucy Graham scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Bristol City Women

Last five games: DLLLW

The win over Villa was City’s first victory in five games, however the Robins are still searching for their first taste of victory in the WSL.

It’s been a successful campaign so far in the Conti Cup for City who have a 100% win rate, and they will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to 2021 on their visit up north against Everton.


Memory Lane:

  • Bristol City Women 0-4 Everton Women
  • Barclays FAWSL 
  • October 6th, 2020
  • Twerton Park

In the opening game of the 2020/21 season, City fell to a 4-0 defeat in their first game at Twerton Park at the hands of Everton.

The Toffees took an early lead when Simone Magill's volley flew past Sophie Baggaley, and Graham then extended her side's lead when she tapped in Nicoline Sørosen’s cross from close range.

Graham struck her second of the game from the penalty spot and turned provider for her side's fourth – the ex-Bristol City player played in Valérie Gauvin who cut onto her right to slot past Baggaley.


One to watch: Lucy Graham

The ex-City midfielder hit the ground running for Everton after joining the Toffee’s in 2019, and she’s continued her fine form ever since, scoring four goals and registering two assists in the league this season.

The Everton captain has already impressed against the Robins this season, with the Scottish international bagging herself two goals and assists in her sides 4-0 victory.

Graham was a key player for Bristol City in the 2018/19 season as she managed 12 goals in all competitions.


Word from camp: Matt Beard & Faye Bryson

City’s new boss Matt Beard has only been in Bristol for a couple of days but is already excited for the challenge ahead for him and his new side.

“I want to come in and make an impact straight away with the players, the staff and hopefully that impact can turn into results,” said the 43-year-old.

“There’s a fantastic platform to build on after the quarter-final win over Aston Villa, so to come in after that is pleasing and I’ll do as much as I can to turn our league fortunes around.”

City defender Faye Bryson has been pleased with her side's start under Beard in his short time in charge, and she believes that her side are ready for any challenges ahead. 

“Matt has come in and straight away he said that for the next five months we have to eat, sleep, breathe football,” said Bryson.

“Every single one of us has to adhere to that, and if we do that we will give ourselves a good chance. It has shown through the intensity levels in training over the last couple of days that everyone is up for the fight.”


Where to watch:

Bristol City Women take on Everton Women in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday afternoon live on the FA Player at 13:00 (GMT).

Author: Lewis Barton


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