Match Previews

WSL Match Preview: Birmingham City v Albion

Albion look to build on their opening day win over West Ham.

By Bruce Talbot • 12 September 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Inessa Kaagman opened his account for the campaign with a goal against Birmingham City.

Albion head to St Andrew’s on Sunday to take on Birmingham City in the Barclays Women's Super League. Their first away game of the season kicks off at 2pm.

Team News

Hope Powell has no new injury worries after last Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Ham United. Libby Bance and Dani Bowman are training again following foot injuries but it will be too soon for them to play a part against Birmingham.

Form Guide

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WSL Highlights: Albion 2 West Ham 0

Goals from Inessa Kaagman (penalty) and Geummin Lee earned Albion a 2-0 win over West Ham in their WSL opener. Birmingham lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in their first game of the season.

The Opposition

It’s been a summer of major upheaval at Birmingham with a new manager and a host of new players installed and a switch to share the men’s ground at St Andrew’s having previously played at Solihull Moors FC.

Former Glasgow City boss Scott Booth took over as head coach in the summer following Carla Ward’s move to city rivals Aston Villa and Booth has virtually rebuilt the squad which finished 11th last season. There have been eight new signings including Cecilie Sandvej, a Denmark left-back recruited from FC Fleury, and Louise Quinn, a centre-half from Fiorentina who is a WSL winner with Arsenal. Quinn has been named club captain. Goalkeeper Emily Ramsey has been signed on loan from Manchester United.

Previous meetings

The clubs met three times last season. Albion won 2-0 on the opening day of the campaign and drew 0-0 in the return fixture in February, but Birmingham won on penalties when the sides met in the quarter-final of the 2019-20 FA Cup after a 2-2 draw in normal time. This will be Albion’s first visit to St Andrew’s.

View from the Bench

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Hope on new training facility

Head Coach Hope Powell: “Every game in this league is a challenge and I’m sure Birmingham will be really keen to get their first points at home after losing last week. They have made a lot of changes to their squad and we know it’s going to be a competitive game. The players were a bit nervous last Sunday playing at the Amex in front of a big crowd but the experience will have done them a lot of good as we prepare to play in another big stadium. We’re in good spirits and looking forward to the game.”

Match coverage

Look out for updates on our social media channels and follow the game on our live blog on the club website. You can also watch the match live on the FA Player.

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