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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION LOOK TO EXTEND UNBEATEN LEAGUE RUN

27 January 2019

Geoff Penn
Ellie Brazil in action against Everton.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to maintain their unbeaten FA Women’s Super League start to 2019 when they take on league-leaders Manchester City this afternoon, kick-off 2pm.

It is the second time this month that Hope Powell’s side have met this month following the FA Continental Tyres League Cup quarter-final where Albion exited the competition.

Despite an impressive start, pegging City back to 1-1 through Dani Buet’s penalty after they had took an early lead, the Seagulls ran out of steam in the final five minutes as City showed their strength to progress to the next stage.

However, Albion’s recent league form has been more positive since the turn of the year, with Hope Powell’s side going unbeaten in their last two FA WSL matches.

At the start of this month, the Seagulls travelled to the north west to take on Liverpool, where Laura Rafferty and Ini Umotong sealed a 2-0 win, before  they faced Everton at The People’s Pension Stadium and played out a 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are currently unbeaten in the WSL, winning nine and drawing four of their home matches so far.

Most recently, City overcame West Ham United 3-1, as goals from Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp and Nikita Parris secured a win that took them back to the top of the table following Arsenal’s defeat.

Along with the Continental Tyres League Cup match, the two sides have also faced off in the WSL, where a clinical City side ran out 6-0 victors in October.

With no match last week following the international break, the league table still has Albion in ninth place with eight points, head of Everton and bottom-placed Yeovil Town.

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.


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