Aston Villa Women v West Ham United Women: All You Need To Know
West Ham United take on Aston Villa in a huge clash at the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday.
This match is the penultimate game in the 2020/21 WSL season, with the Hammers having the opportunity to secure their league status with a win at Villa Park.
With the WSL fixtures being played behind closed doors, Sunday's match will be played without supporters present. However, the 12.30pm kick-off will be broadcast via the FA Player. Click here to sign up or login for free.
This is the second meeting between the two teams in the past two weeks, with a 0-0 draw being played out at Victoria Road on 20 April.
The Hammers had the better chances in the previous meeting, but they were met by stern Villa resistance as they celebrated the point.
Last time out, West Ham United were impressive against Arsenal last time out in the WSL, with goals from Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little the difference in a match that saw Olli Harder’s team create plenty of chance.
They will be hoping to be more clinical in this clash on Sunday afternoon and secure their status in the top division.
West Ham United will be without Adriana Leon, Lois Joel, Leanne Kiernan and Kateřina Svitková.
Canadian forward Leon has had surgery on a fractured bone in her foot and is out for the season, while defender Joel is also recovering from a similar injury.
Svitková has also been ruled out of our remaining matches in the 2020/21 season after sustaining an injury against Birmingham City.
Martha Thomas has been nursing a minor foot injury but should be available for selection on Sunday.
Aston Villa have a fully fit squad ahead of the clash, as well as welcoming back captain Elisha N’Dow after she served a suspension last time out.
The Opposition – Aston Villa
Marcus Bignot’s team have been unfortunate in their last two outings, letting slip leads against relegation rivals Bristol City and Birmingham City that would have seen them secure their own safety.
The Villains have been much more solid under the current Guiseley men’s joint manager, having drawn their last three league games Before those three matches, Villa had failed to pick up a point in their last five.
In their previous two outings, Freya Gregory and Natalie Haigh have been amongst the goals, but Shania Hayles, Stine Larsen and Ramona Petzelberger are the main goal threats to be wary of.
From the Manager:
Olli Harder gave his thoughts on the crucial clash against Aston Villa:
“It’s an important game for us to get a result,” the manager admitted.
“We still have everything in our own hands, which is important, and as long as we show this type of character, fight and resilience, which we’ve shown now for several games on the bounce, I have confidence that we can get that result.
“It’ll be a massive game for both clubs. They’ll be going after us and we’ll be going after them. We saw it a week ago [in the reverse fixture, a 0-0 draw] – it’s going to be hammer and tongs because both teams are going to be getting after each other.
“It’s probably not going to be the most beautiful game ever, but at this point it doesn’t matter.”
How To Watch
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