Manchester United and Manchester City go head to head this weekend in the very first Manchester derby of the WSL season.

United have actually made an affordable start to the season in what might have been tough scenarios following a troubled and tough summertime. They put a 6-1 knocking by Chelsea behind them last weekend by conveniently beating Birmingham for a 3rd win in 4.

City, on the other hand, have actually struggled. From pressing Chelsea all the method to the line last season, injuries and an absence of pre-season have actually taken a huge toll. They have actually lost 3 of their opening 4 WSL video games up until now and were knocked out of the Champions League in the certifying rounds.

This is whatever you require to learn about the video game…

What time is begin? Saturday 9 October, 13:30 (BST)
Where is it being played? Leigh Sports Village
television channel? BBC One/BBC iPlayer (UK), FA Player (US/international)
Referee? Rebecca Welch

Martha Thomas

Summer finalizing Martha Thomas is not available for Man Utd / Visionhaus/GettyImages

United employer Marc Skinner has near a completely in shape team offered to him, which indicates that his greatest calls will boil down to which gamers are tactically best for this video game.

Senior centre-back Millie Turner stays sidelined with a knee injury. Striker Martha Thomas is likewise still out with a knee issue, while full-back Kirsty Smith is not prepared to return either.

Steph Houghton

Injuries have actually specified Man City up until now this season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

City continue to lack a host of gamers after an injury-plagued start to the season. Captain Steph Houghton is still sidelined, while Lucy Bronze continues her healing from knee surgical treatment. Esme Morgan is another protector missing out on and Alanna Kennedy was likewise missing last time.

Midfielder Keira Walsh just lasted 45 minutes versus West Ham last weekend and City were just able to call 4 replacements on the bench.

Man Utd: Earps; Blundell, Mannion, Thorisdottir, Batlle; Zelem, Groenen, Staniforth; Hanson, Toone, Galton

Man City: Taieb; Beckie, Scott, Greenwood, Stokes; Angeldal, Walsh, Weir; Stanway, White, Hemp

Aoife Mannion, Ella Toone

Over 31,000 individuals went to the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in September 2019 / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Manchester derby video games given that United were formed in 2018 have actually tended to be tight affairs.

In a very first conference, these 2 sides played out a historical match in the opening video game of the 2019/20 WSL season in front of more than 31,000 individuals at the Etihad Stadium, with City winning 1-0 thanks to a marvel strike from Caroline Weir.

United went on to win 2-0 in a Continental Cup tie quickly later on, while City won 3-2 when they fulfilled in the FA Cup later on that season. United likewise edged a Conti Cup video game on charges after a 0-0 attract November 2020. Last season’s league conferences were a 2-2 draw and a 3-0 City win.

City have actually constantly been favourites in this component over the last 2 years owing to their more recognized history at the top of the females’s video game. But type recommends this may be United’s very first chance to beat their regional competitors in the WSL, having actually just ever done it in the Conti Cup.

Despite their injuries, City still have a team flush with gifted gamers therefore to compose them off since of a the absence of numbers offered to Gareth Taylor would be incorrect.

That being stated, United remain in much better type, with a current knocking by Chelsea seeming a blip at the majority of. This is their huge possibility versus City, however the concern is can they take it?

Prediction: Man Utd 2-2 Man City

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