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WSL Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Albion

Albion head to The Hive as they take on Spurs.

By Bruce Talbot • 06 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Denise O'Sullivan's loan from North Carolina Courage comes to an end later on this month.

Albion return to WSL action after a three-week break when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Barnet FC's Hive stadium, kick off 2pm on Sunday.

Team news

By Kyle Hemsley
Ellie Brazil is nearing a return after a long spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

Albion have been hit by injuries in recent weeks with Megan Connolly, Rebekah Stott and Victoria Williams among those absent. But Powell was hopeful she could have some of them back against Tottenham. “We are slowly getting players back so that will help us going forward with three tough games over the next couple of weeks.” Ellie Brazil is also close to being involved after more than a year out following knee surgery.

View from the bench

Hope Powell: “It will be a tough test. Tottenham have some good players but we will go there looking to play well and get a positive result. It will be great to have fans back in the stadium, that will give everyone a lift.”

Form Guide

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WSL: West Ham 0 Albion 1

Albion beat West Ham 1-0 last time out, to claim their second win of the season and climb to eighth in the WSL. Spurs have yet to secure their first victory and sit in 11th place, having drawn three of their seven matches to date.

The Opposition

Spurs will be under new management after Rehanne Skinner took over after a spell as assistant head coach to England boss Phil Neville. Previously, she had spent three years as assistant manager with Arsenal. This will be the first competitive game between the clubs.

Hope Powell said, “They have got a lot of good players, some of whom have played in the Champions League. They have depth. It is always a tough contest against them. We will have to be at our very best to get the points.”

One to Watch

Alex Morgan was a World Cup winner last year with the United States. The 31-year-old joined Spurs in September four months after giving birth. Her game time for Tottenham has been restricted but the striker will be a threat on Sunday, according to Hope Powell. “They are not just one player. Alex can have a massive influence, but she can't win the game on her own. We know her capabilities and we have to be mindful of that, but they have a talented squad.”

How to follow the game

The match will be shown live on the FA Player. You can also follow the action on our Matchday blog and on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Did you know?

By Kyle Hemsley
Inessa Kaagman has had more shots than any other Albion player so far this campaign.

Tottenham have won both of their Barclays FA Women's Super League encounters with Brighton by a 1-0 scoreline, Spurs scoring a penalty in the away game and benefiting from an own goal in the home match.

Brighton's last win against Tottenham came in the FA Women's Championship when they won 2-0 at home in April 2018.

Tottenham are yet to win in the Barclays FA Women's Super League this season (D3 L4), recording as many defeats as they did in their opening seven matches last season, however Spurs were able to convert those draws into wins last year (W3 L4).

Brighton ended a 10-game winless run on the road in the Barclays FA Women's Super League with a victory against West Ham (D3 L7), the Seagulls have never won successive away matches in the competition.

Brighton's Inessa Kaagman has had more shots (10), shots on target (6) and created more chances (9) than any of her teammates in the Barclays FA Women's Super League this season.