Manchester City travel to Arsenal on Sunday as they look to get their WSL title bid back on track. The blues lost their last match as Spurs came from behind to claim a controversial 2-1 victory at the Academy Stadium, and City now face their rejuvenated North London rivals in their first match since the international break.
The blues won their opening match in convincing style, but have since been knocled out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage, and the defeat to Spurs increased the pressure on manager Gareth Taylor.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have had an excellent start to the new season. They beat champions Chelsea 3-2 on the opening wekeend, before winning 4-0 at Reading. They also qualfied for the Champions League group stage and are looking much stronger than they did last season, when the Gunners faded in the second half of the campaign.
Steph Houghton has been added to the ever-growing injury list that has also seen Esme Morgan join, after she suffered a lower leg fracture in the first half against Spurs.
Alex Greenwood, who scored a brace for England in Luxembourg in midweek, was also forced off through inury and new signing Hayley Raso is doubtful after missing international duty with a shoulder injury.
They join Chloe Kelly, Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh on the sidelines, however Caroline Weir is expected to return against the Gunners. Vicky Losada and Ruby Mace could play against their former employers, with the latter potentially making her blues debut.
Midfielder Jordan Nobbs will miss the game for the Gunners, and the home side have no other injury worries ahead of the clash.
With City’s injury list, it’s going to be tough against the in-form Gunners and the blues will have to work hard if they are to repeat last season’s 2-1 victory.
Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City