Albion play their last game before an 18-day break tonight when they head to St Andrew’s to take on Birmingham City in their first Continental League Cup Group E game, kick off 7.30pm. West Ham United and London City are also in Albion’s section.
Albion moved up to fifth in the WSL on Sunday when goals from Geummin Lee and Victoria Williams secured a 2-1 home win over previously unbeaten Tottenham.
Birmingham had failed to pick up a point in their first four WSL games and were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea, but they came from behind to draw 1-1 at West Ham United thanks to a second-half equaliser by Louise Quinn.
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There has already been one game between the teams at St Andrew’s this season and on an unforgettable afternoon Albion won 5-0 – the biggest WSL victory in their history – thanks to goals from Victoria Williams, Inessa Kaagman, Danielle Carter, Emma Koivisto and Kayleigh Green.
Albion were unbeaten in three meetings with the Blues last season. They won 2-0 at home on the opening day of the WSL season and drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture in January. The FA Cup quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time, but Birmingham went through on penalties.
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Experienced defender Louise Quinn returned to the WSL in July when she signed for Birmingham after a spell in Italy with Fiorentina.
The 30-year-old embarked on a playing career in her homeland, representing both Peamount United and University College Dublin before moving to Sweden in January 2013, helping Eskilstuna United to promotion to the top flight.
After a spell at Notts County, Quinn moved to Arsenal and won both league and FA Cup honours with the Gunners. She has played more than 80 times for Ireland and scored 11 goals for her country.
Apart from Dani Bowman, who is continuing her recovery from foot surgery, Albion have no new injury worries.
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Hope Powell (Albion Head Coach), “It’s a competition we want to do well in and it’s also an opportunity to give minutes to the players who haven’t had a lot of opportunity on the pitch in recent weeks. I don’t think the game last month will have any bearing on Wednesday night. Birmingham made a lot of changes to their squad in the summer and it takes time for that to settle down. They got a great point at West Ham on Sunday so it’s going to be a very tough game for us.”