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Birmingham City Ladies

Birmingham City Ladies

KO 17:30
Sat 11 November 2017
Select Security Stadium

Adults: £5.00*

Kids (u16yrs) & Conc: £2.50*

Purchase tickets at www.liverpoolfc.com/ladiestickets Turnstile price £6 adults, £3 kids/conc, £15 family (2+2)

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Match preview: Reds return to WSL action in Widnes

​League action returns this weekend with Liverpool and Birmingham going head-to-head at the Select Security Stadium after a quiet start to their respective seasons.

League action returns this weekend with Liverpool and Birmingham going head-to-head at the Select Security Stadium after a quiet start to their respective seasons.

The pair, often seen fighting it out near the top of the FA Women’s Super League, have been unable to match the lightning fast starts of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Kick-off at the Select Security Stadium is at 5:30pm on Saturday with Liverpool celebrating Girls’ Football Week with a free children’s skills session prior to the match.

FORM GUIDE

Liverpool have won their last three games in all competitions, two in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup and a 4-1 victory over Sunderland in the league.

The Reds did need a penalty shootout to get the two points against Durham in their most recent game which ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Birmingham City, who reached the FA Cup final last year, meanwhile have struggled for consistency this term and are yet to secure back-to-back wins.

They got the better of Doncaster Rovers Belles 3-2 last weekend as they bounced back from defeats to Everton and high-flying Manchester City.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

This will be the side’s first meeting this season but it was Liverpool who took the honours when they met in the Spring Series earlier in 2017.

Former Notts County forward Jess Clarke and Gemma Bonner got the goals for the Reds on that occasion in front of over 1,000 fans at St Andrews.

In 2016, both sides won their respective home fixtures with Birmingham City’s Coral-Jade Haines getting an extra-time winner to fire the Blues into the Continental Tyres Cup semi-finals.

ONE TO WATCH – Natasha Harding, Liverpool

Harding has been in blistering-hot form so far this season with four goals in as many FA WSL appearances including a hat-trick against Sunderland last time out.

Sunderland had taken the lead at Mariners Park but Harding levelled a minute later when she dribbled through the hosts’ defence and around goalkeeper Rachel Laws.

She followed that up with two more strikes, twice finding space on the right-side of the penalty area and burying the ball into the back of the net.

WHAT THEY SAID

Liverpool’s Casey Stoney said: “Birmingham are not going to come and sit and park the bus; they’re going to have a go at us.

“They’re a very physical side, they’ve completely changed from two years ago under their new manager; they have a philosophy of playing.

“It will be interesting to see how we do. We need to raise our levels and our standards. We have to work hard next week to make sure we score because without scoring goals you don’t win games.

“We always want to possess the ball, we want to play football, but we have got to work out what the opposition is giving us; if they are giving us space in behind, we’ve got to take it.”

Birmingham City’s Emily Westwood said: “Like us, they’ve had mixed results so far this season and they’re one of those teams around us in the table that we need to be beating.

“We want to push up the table and start challenging the teams up there, so winning games against the likes of Liverpool is vital.

“They’re a dangerous team, especially at home, so we know we’re in for a tough game – but we’ll definitely be going up there looking for three points.”

England face Bosnia & Herzegovina in a FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier at Walsall FC on 24 November, KO 7.05pm. Buy tickets (£10 Adult/£1 Under-18) at www.thefa.com/tickets

Select Security Stadium
Lower House Lane
Widnes
WA8 7DZ

Get directions to the ground

From the M62

Exit at Junction 7 Take A568 dual carriageway towards Widnes (Following brown signs to Halton Stadium) Keep right after junction onto Ashley Way (A562) Take 2nd exit off roundabout (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.

From Runcorn & the South

Cross Widnes/Runcorn Bridge (A533) Follow signs to Widnes (A562) At roundabout take 3rd exit towards Widnes Town Centre Take first left following brown signs to Halton Stadium (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.

From Liverpool Airport

Take Speke Road (A562) and follow signs for Widnes (A562) Following brown signs to Halton Stadium Take 1st exit off roundabout (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.

By public transport

Widnes train station is less than 1 mile to Select Security Stadium Halton Runcorn train station is less than 2 miles away Widnes bus route map and bus timetables Stadium offers secure bicycle facilities on both non-matchdays and on matchdays

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