Everton Women made headlines during the transfer window by signing England midfielder Izzy Christiansen from Lyon and now we get to see her square off against her old team, Manchester City! The Blues have been doing so much lately that it’s hard to keep up, so here’s all the exciting things going on:
Manchester City vs Everton
Everton play Manchester City away at Academy Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 pm local time (12:30 pm ET), which is great because they usually play so early on Sundays, it makes it difficult for US fans to be able to watch. It’ll be Izzy Christiansen’s first game with the Blues due to last week’s game being cancelled because half of West Ham’s squad fell ill with the flu. City are in second place with 27 points while Everton are in fifth place with 15 points.
The Blues have already played City twice this season, an impressive 1-0 loss in September and then a not-so-impressive 4-1 defeat in the WSL Cup, however manager Willie Kirk didn’t put in the typical starting lineup for that game so it’s to be expected.
Now that the Toffees have Christiansen, who knows what this squad is capable of! Manchester CIty, though, is incredibly stacked with most of England’s senior national team, so it’s no easy feat to come away with a point against them.
As always, the game will be on FAPlayer.tv for free so be sure to tune in after the men’s game!
Check out School of Science Podcast Episode 36, where the podcast crew discusses how exciting this move is - (1:01:25 and onward)
Other Squad Changes
Besides bringing on Christiansen, Kirk has been busy:
- Everton signed goalie Sandy MacIver on an 18-month deal - Kirk is setting up this team for future domination with moves like this. The U-21 England international has been called up for two senior England friendlies over the summer against Belgium and Norway and has won the Golden Glove in the U-20 World Cup in France. This is also remarkable because Everton Women typically only has two goalkeepers (as do many other WSL teams except for teams like Chelsea) but right now the Blues have three! Will this continue to be a thing? No clue, but there haven’t been any announcements about back up goalie Kirstie Levell going on loan, but it will be interesting to see if she will be leaving the team or if the Blues are able to afford three goalies now.
- Everton Defender Georgia Brougham is out on loan to Birmingham until the end of the season- This makes sense because she has not been seeing much game time as Kirk has been favoring his new signings in the backline.
- Forward Elise Hughes is on loan to Bristol until the end of the season - We love Hughes, the Welsh international who scored a goal against Liverpool during her first Everton start and we hope she comes back soon, which she hopefully will because she signed with the Blues until 2021 and she’s only 18 years old!
Everton Women will be playing against Liverpool Women at Goodison Park in a month!
- This is absolutely incredible news and we can’t wait to see you all at Goodison on Sunday 9 February at 2pm for this historical event! More details to come but for now, let’s appreciate how far this club has come in such a short amount of time. Up the Toffees!