Tottenham v Manchester City: Women’s Super League – live | Women’s Super League


Key events

11 min: Neville does nab the ball this time, she passes onto Naz but City intercept. Defence for City is a real worry but they still play out from the back.

9 min: Kelly is played through and she crosses in but Spurs defend well. Neville almost pounces on a loose pass by the City defence, they look sloppy at the back at the moment.

7 min: Brazil is being stretchered off the pitch, so sad and I hope it isn’t as bad as it looks. She is applauded off by the fans and Naz is on, play will get back underway.

4 min: Brazil is in a lot of pain after clashing knees with Roebuck. Neville, James, Zadorsky, Greenwood and Roebuck have all come over to see if she is okay while she receives treatment. Brazil has previously had an ACL injury but we hope she has not picked up another injury. Naz is warming up to come on, such a sad sight especially as this was Brazil’s first WSL for Spurs.

2 min: Spurs have the early upper hand with Neville looking to cross in but the offside flag is up. City counter and Hemp has a header that is easily saved. Spurs is next to strike but Brazil and Roebuck clash and the forward is down. Hopefully she can continue here but that looks painful.

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Kick-off! Tottenham 0-0 Man City

Here we go! Can Tottenham get a win over City at their new home ground?

The players will be out shortly and will be ready for this one! Are you excited for this clash? I know I am.

Ashleigh Neville will make her 50th WSL appearance this morning for Tottenham! Overlooked in the England set-up but very much a valued part of Spurs.

The big women’s football news of the day is the draw for the World Cup next year. England have been drawn with Denmark, China and a qualifying playoff winner in Group D. Read all about it:

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Man City boss Gareth Taylor is aware of the challenge that his side will face today. He said: “Any team you face in the WSL is a tough challenge. In the games against them previously, whether in cup competition or in the league, they have been fairly tight. We’ve pretty much come out on the right side of the result every time apart from last season here. They’ll always provide a tough opposition for us.”

Gareth Taylor
Photograph: Matt McNulty/Manchester City/Manchester City FC/Getty Images

Tottenham manager Rehanne Skinner has been clear about her objectives in the WSL. She told The Sun she wants the club to be playing in the Champions League which means the side need to finish in the top three. She said: “Ultimately that’s where we want to get to. It’s where a club the size of Tottenham should be. It’s the No 1 ambition. We want to be equal in the things that the men’s team are doing to promote the overall club. It’s really important our ambitions are really high. We’re working incredibly hard behind the scenes to get all of the pieces of the jigsaw together, including evolving the squads over transfer windows.”

Rehanne Skinner
Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Getty Images

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The team news is in and Tottenham will be captained by Shelina Zadorsky with player of the moment Ashleigh Neville also lining up for the side.

Tottenham starting XI: Spencer, Turner, Bartrip, Zadorsky, Ale, James, Summanen, Spence, Neville, Bizet, Brazil.

Man City, meanwhile, have a star studded line-up with playmaker Lauren Hemp leading the attack with Bunny Shaw and Chloe Kelly also targeting goals.

Man City starting XI: Roebuck, Casparij, Aleixandri, Greenwood, Morgan, Hasegawa, Castellanos, Coombs, Kelly, Shaw, Hemp.

Preamble

Welcome back to our coverage of the Women’s Super League with a battle between Tottenham and Manchester City!

Both clubs have had mixed starts to the season. Spurs have two wins and a loss to find themselves in seventh and Man City have one win and two losses and are in eighth. It is familiar territory for City who had a bumpy start to the campaign last season but they recovered to finish in the top three. They will be bidding to start to get their season back on track this morning.

Tottenham have only lost to north London rivals Arsenal so far with Ashleigh Neville a standout star for them. If they can beat City today it would be a huge statement in the league.

The team news will be out shortly so stay tuned ahead of kick-off at 11.30am BST.





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