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FA WSL Preview: Everton Women vs West Ham | Toffees looking to bounce back

Everton return home to face ninth place Hammers  

Manchester City v Everton Women - FA Continental League Cup - Group Stage One - Academy Stadium Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images

Everton take on fellow WSL side West Ham United tomorrow, Sunday, October 11 at 8 a.m. ET/1 p.m. BST, with the game being played at Walton Hall Park. The last time the Toffees hosted a league affair was on September 13 against Tottenham Hotspur — a 1–0 victory.

The first defeat of the season came this past Wednesday against Manchester City in the opening contest of the Continental Cup, as the Toffees were unfortunate to concede thrice.

Putting aside the loss to City, Everton are unbeaten in all competitions ahead of tomorrow’s clash against West Ham. The Toffees sit in third place — Manchester United have one more point with a game in hand — and have looked dominant to open the 2020/21 campaign.

Conversely, West ham have struggled to integrate new pieces into the team and have struggled with early fixtures. Through three league matches, the Hammers are near the bottom of the table, have scored twice and conceded 11 times — although Arsenal scored nine when West Ham were down a player after a 34th minute red card.

Look for Head Coach Willie Kirk to go back to the 4-2-3-1 formation that has been instrumental in the team’s success to start the season. In the Continental Cup, Everton’s bench boss experimented with a 3-4-3 formation, having mixed results. The balanced 4-2-3-1 has seen Everton score 16 goals and concede one through five games.

Having not played in the cup match against City, Hayley Raso should be fit and fresh to run at the West Ham defense from either the left or right wing. Her partner on the outside, Nicoline Sørensen, also should give the Hammers fits. Look for Izzy Christiansen, Lucy Graham and Rikke Sevecke — all of whom came on as late substitutions on Wednesday — to be energized for tomorrow’s fixture. Sandy MacIver also will be back in net after Tinja-Riikka Korpela started against the Citizens.

For West Ham, England international Grace Fisk leads the defense, with a fearsome attack spearheaded by national team compatriot Rachel Daly — on loan from the Houston Dash of the NWSL. In the heart of the midfield, Kenza Dali, a member of the French national team, will be tasked with locking down Everton’s attack, as well as helping to galvanize her team up the pitch.

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides, in any competition, was on March 14, 2019. Both fixtures of the 2019/20 season were cancelled, one due to a flu outbreak and the other due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The teams also did not meet in either the FA Cup or the League Cup last season, making it a year-and-a-half hiatus since the two sides played a competitive match. In that March contest, the Toffees pulled out a 1–0 victory, with Hannah Cain — who now plays for Leicester City — scoring the lone goal. Since 2019, Everton’s squad has experienced an overhaul, and the current rendition of the Blues is a far more talented group than the one that defeated West ham back in 2019.

Match Details

Competition: FA Women’s Super League

Date and start time: Wednesday, October 11th at 8 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. BST

Stadium: Walton Hall Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 2,200 (behind closed doors)

How to Watch/Listen

TV & Radio: N/A

Match Centre: evertontv

Live stream: evertontv (free for members, registration required), FA WSL (free, registration required)