Ahead of a difficult opening match of the 2021 WSL season this weekend (Saturday at 8:30 EST) against Manchester City, we take a look back at Everton’s preseason campaign.
The new-look Toffees played a total of four tune-up matches in preparation for the highly-anticipated 2021 season. With players returning for preseason on July 12, the Blues have had a month and a half to establish chemistry and learn Coach Willie Kirk’s tactical system.
The first bit of action since the spring came on August 8 against Blackburn Rovers, currently playing in the FA Women’s Championship. In a smooth-sailing 4–0 victory, four different players netted for the Merseyside outfit: Nicoline Sørensen, Claire Emslie, Kenza Dali and Leonie Maier. Both Dali and Maier were among the summer arrivals at Finch Farm.
The Blues followed that win with a 6–1 drubbing of fellow WSL side Brighton and Hove Albion. Everton scored at least one goal each from open play, from a set piece and from a cross.
The penultimate preseason fixture saw the Blues face off against another WSL side in Aston Villa. There were plenty of new faces donning the royal blue; goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, midfielders Aurora Galli and Kenza Dali, winger Toni Duggan and right back Leonie Maier all continued to integrate themselves into the squad. Emslie, Izzy Christiansen and Grace Clinton all scored in the 3–1 victory.
And in the final preseason affair, Everton managed a 2–0 win in Scotland over first-division side Hibernian. Also of note, all three of the Toffees’ new Swedish signings — Anna Anvegård, Nathalie Björn and Hanna Bennison — debuted for the club. Both Anvegård and Dali netted for the away side.
Qualifying for the Champions League has been a stated goal of coaches and players alike for several seasons. With the top three teams from the division earning a spot in the group stage, this season will prove pivotal should Everton break into the upper echelon of England’s top tier.
That journey starts this Saturday with a difficult clash against top four side Manchester City. With the men’s team on international break, here is your chance watch a competitive game between two high-flying sides.
Entry is free for Season Ticket, Hospitality and Official Members (if purchased from the emails received last weekend) and a great opportunity for fans to see our new signings as well as bring friends and family to Goodison who may not be regulars.
Tickets for the game for non-members are available to purchase priced at £8 for adults and £4 for kids by clicking here.