The Women 2020/2021 FA Women Continental League Cup gets underway later today with 22 clubs from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship contesting the opening round of group matches.
Here comes the analysis and thoughts ahead of of the start of the competition FA Women’s Continental League Cup.
The preview starts with Manchester City’s who’s three tournament wins can only be bettered by Arsenal. The Citizens have a rich history in the competition but they will have to be at their very best to write a new chapter this season. City have taken some time to gel under new head coach Gareth Taylor but they are beginning to look a major force again with recent victories over Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. A win against Everton in their first group game is vital with a trip to Manchester United ahead on game day three.
Everton, a side who are very much on the top of their game at the minute. Willie Kirk has received significant investment which has allowed him to make his squad one of the strongest in the country. The Blue Girls have won all five of their matches in all competitions so far this season, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once. Kirk doesn’t just have a strong XI, he has a squad which is packed full of talent and they have a real chance of pushing Manchester City and Manchester United all the way in the group.
Manchester United have qualified from the group stage in both of the last two seasons and Casey Stoney’s side will have hopes of repeating that feat this year. There is a lot more talent in this United side than in their previous two seasons, although they are currently a little light on numbers. The Red Devils should get off to a winning start at Liverpool this afternoon before two unpredictable games at Everton and at home to City. Its fair to say that the team that advances will be the side that gives nothing away in those big games.
Second tier side Liverpool will want to put the wrongs of last season right by performing well against all three Barclays FA Women’s Super League clubs. Vicky Jepson’s squad still contains some top flight players and they cannot be underestimated after making a bright start in the FA Women’s Championship. They face both City and United at home which is a positive but qualification seems unlikely with Liverpool possibly needing to get through the group stage unbeaten to have a chance.
Gameday One Fixtures
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v Everton
Predicted group winner: Manchester City