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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION TAKE ON HIGH-FLYING BIRMINGHAM

20 February 2019

Geoff Penn
Kate Natkiel in action against Birmingham City earlier this season.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to FA Women’s Super League action following a ten-day break this evening, when they face Birmingham City at The People’s Pension Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.

Hope Powell’s side will be looking to maintain their improved run of league form since the start of the year, which has seen the team pick up five points from four matches, alongside three clean sheets.

Last time out, Albion faced an in-form Bristol City side who were unbeaten in their previous seven matches, which also included an impressive goalless draw against Manchester City.

The match at Stoke Gifford Stadium was also a 0-0 draw, but it was an encouraging performance from the Seagulls. 

Nigeria international Ini Umotong hit the crossbar, while Victoria Williams had a header cleared off the line from a corner, as the game ended goalless.

In contrast, Birmingham City were in action just three days ago as they took on fellow FA WSL side Reading in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Despite Aoife Mannion’s penalty draw Birmingham level after Kirsty Pearce had put the Royals ahead, Rakel Honnudottir ensured that it was Reading who progressed to next month’s quarter-finals.

In their last league outing, Birmingham recorded an impressive 3-2 victory against current FA WSL holders Chelsea, as England international Ellen White scored a stoppage-time winner.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, Albion were narrowly defeated 1-0 after another Mannion penalty proved to be the difference between the two sides.

This all means that Albion remain in ninth place, six points ahead of bottom placed Yeovil Town, while Birmingham lie in fourth place, seven points off leaders Chelsea.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre and updates on the club’s Twitter handle @officialbhafc, with a match report and reaction to follow.

Tickets will be able to be purchased on the turnstiles at tonight’s fixture, priced at £10 for adults, £8 for over-65s/under-21s, £7 for under-18s and £4 for under-10s.


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