Match Previews

WSL Match Preview: Leicester City v Albion

Albion head to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

By Bruce Talbot • 15 January 2022

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion take on Leicester City this Sunday.

Albion return to action on Sunday when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City in the WSL, kick off 2pm.

It is only the second meeting between the teams. Albion won 1-0 at the Amex in November thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Maisie Symonds.

Form Guide

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WSL Highlights: Albion 0 Man City 6

Albion are looking to return to winning ways and end a run of five successive defeats in all competitions, including last Sunday’s 6-0 loss at home to Manchester City when all the goals came in the second half.

Leicester lifted themselves off the bottom of the table before Christmas when they beat Birmingham City 2-0. But City’s shock win over Arsenal last Sunday, while Leicester were losing 1-0 at Reading, means the Foxes are back at the foot of the table. On Wednesday they lost 5-0 at home to Manchester City in the Conti Cup.

Team news

Geummin Lee is again absent for Albion because she is on Asia Cup duty with South Korea. Head coach Hope Powell said that Danique Kerkdijk, who came off at the break on Sunday, has an injury which needs to be managed from day to day but hopes she is available on Sunday.

View from the coach

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Hope Powell's Leicester City press conference

Hope Powell said, “We’re expecting a really tough game, as we got when we played them at the Amex. We will have to match them physically and play the game on our term if we can. They will target us as a team they can take points off, but we can definitely go there and get a result.”

Stats and fact

  • Albion have won each of their last two FA WSL matches against newly promoted sides – against Aston Villa in March 2021 and Leicester in November. They had only won one of their previous seven such matches in the competition (D1 L5).
  • Leicester City are attempting fewer shots per game (6.3 from 7.3) and have a lower expected goals return per game (0.4 from 0.6) under Lydia Bedford than they did under Jonathan Morgan in the FA WSL this season.
  • Albion last lost four consecutive matches in this competition back in December 2018. None of Brighton’s last 21 FA WSL matches have finished level, winning 11 and losing 10. Only one side has ever had a longer run of games without drawing in the FA WSL – Arsenal between April 2018 and November 2020 (46 games).
  • Danielle Carter has been involved in 33 open play shot-ending sequences for Brighton this season in the FA WSL, at least 10 more than any other player for Albion.

How to follow the game

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