The international break could not have come at a better time for Everton Women; the Merseyside outfit began the season with two losses, giving up a total of eight goals while scoring none. Back-to-back 4–0 defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea belied how close the Toffees are to cracking the top three.
The Women’s Super League this weekend will resume matches after a two-week international hiatus. Since their last league outing, Everton players went 13–0–0 with 71 total goals. About half the squad represented their national teams in the past two weeks, and the results were more than encouraging.
Manager Willie Kirk will hope the success his players experienced abroad will translate to three points on Saturday when Everton face Birmingham City at 6:30 a.m. EST/11:30 a.m. BST. The Toffees’ third league fixture will be the first at Walton Hall Park, their home stadium — the Women’s team opened the season at Goodison Park.
According to Kirk, the team will be without midfielder Lucy Graham (back) and striker Simone Magill (undisclosed), but right back Leonie Maier (knee) should be fit to make her Everton debut on Saturday.
Birmingham arrive on Merseyside with a losing streak of their own; City opened the campaign with a 1–0 loss to Tottenham before falling 5–0 to Brighton and Hove Albion. Emily Ramsey leads the challengers in net, Louise Quinn and Rebecca Holloway on defense and Sarah Ewens up top.
Much like Everton, City have failed to score through their first two matches. Barring a scoreless draw on Saturday, both teams can open their scoring accounts for the season.
We need to travel back to March 11 of 2021 for the last time these two sides met. On a rainy spring evening in the West Midlands, the Toffees cruised to a 4–0 victory courtesy of four different scorers. In three meetings last year — two in the league, one in the FA Cup — Everton went 2–0–1 and outscored City eight to one.
Competition: FA Women’s Super League, Matchweek 3
Date and start time: Saturday, September 25th at 6:30 a.m. ET / 11:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Walton Hall Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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