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WSL Cup Preview: Man City v Birmingham City

THREE weeks after their defeat to Liverpool, Birmingham City return to action this Sunday against Manchester City.

Defeat to Everton back at the start of November means Birmingham have it all to do in their final group game of this year’s Continental Cup competition.

The Blues will need to win by a three-goal margin in order to guarantee progress to the quarter-finals of the cup.

A Birmingham win puts them equal with Everton but a three-goal winning margin also means they would be equal on goal difference.

More importantly though, a three goal winning margin means Birmingham would have scored at least 10 goals.

Everton meanwhile have only managed nine in their four group matches.

“The group stages are decided on points first of all, then goal difference,” said journalist Rich Laverty.

“Next is goals scored then matches won in the group then head to head and then finally a drawing of lots.”

Therefore, a 3-0 win or even 4-1 would secure our place in the next round.

Alternatively, if Doncaster Belles can secure at least a point against Man City on Wednesday evening and Birmingham win on Sunday then we can also go through.

Birmingham will be without Charlie Wellings and Abbey-Leigh Stringer for the game.

Wellings is away on international duty with England U20s and Stringer will miss the game due to illness.

Manchester City will be without Megan Campbell due to injury and Georgia Stanway who is away with England along with Wellings.

Kick-off: Sunday 1pm

Venue: Academy Stadium

Last Meeting: Manchester City 3-1 Birmingham City

Manchester City

Squad: Bardsley, Roebuck, Hourihan, McManus, Stokes, Beattie, Campbell, Houghton (c), Leth-Jans, Emslie, Christiansen, Scott, Walsh, Lawley, Middag, Ross, Parris, Morgan, Toone

Form: WWW

Last Match: Man City 4-0 Bristol City

Discipline: Y0 R0

Leading Scorer: Izzy Christiansen (7)

Manager: Nick Cushing

Birmingham City

Squad: Stenson, Hampton, P Williams, Sargeant, Mannion, Harrop (c), Westwood, Ewers, Cusack, Carter, Linden, Hegerberg, Follis, Scofield, Mayling, Ladd, Quinn, Ayisi, R Williams

Form: LWL

Last Match: Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham City

Discipline: Y8 R1

Leading Scorer: Charlie Wellings, Ellen White (3)

Manager: Marc Skinner