Aston Villa will want to bounce back from their defeat to Reading on Sunday. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Villains will play their final competitive fixture for three weeks before the Women’s Super League goes on a break with the international period coming up.
Villa were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat to Reading in the Women’s Super League on Sunday, failing to register a shot on target despite their 12 attempts. The defeat gave the Royals their first win of the season and as a result, Villa dropped down to seventh in the table, with two wins, two draws and a defeat.
Liverpool meanwhile, who play in the league below, the FA Women’s Championship won 2-0 away at Sheffield United, with Charlotte Wardlaw and Leanne Kiernan on the score sheet.
The Merseyside club are currently second in their division with four wins, one draw and one defeat, as they plot a return back to the WSL following their relegation in 2020.
This will be each side’s first match of the 2021/22 Conti Cup, the format of the competition is playing in a four-team group with the top five teams going through, as well as the highest-ranked runner-up.
What’s the latest team news for the Villains?
Experienced forward Emily Gielnik is expected to miss out again, she hasn’t played since the 26th September.
There could be another appearance however for Laura Blindkilde Brown who made her first-team debut on Sunday after penning her first professional contract last month. Blindkilde-Brown was part of the WSL Academy team last season, contributing to 24 goals.
Goalkeeper Hannah Hampton has recently been included in the 24-woman squad for ENgland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Latvia. The 20-year-old could be given game time to give her the best chance of playing for Sarina Wiegman’s side.
What’s the latest team news for the Reds?
In Sunday’s match, captain Niamh Fahey, star midfielder Rachel Furness and Yana Daniels were all bought in for Liverpool by Matt Beard, but the Reds are expected to rotate.
Matt Beard has promised that Wales international defender Rhiannon Roberts will play, as well as a number of young players.
There has also been a positional change for Republic of Ireland international Leanne Kiernan with the 22-year-old now being deployed as a midfielder. She has scored three goals in two games now and is one of the players the Villa will have to be wary of.
Is the match on TV?
If you are a subscriber to LiverpoolTV then you will be able to watch the match on either your television or smart devices. Alternatively you can follow the game on Liverpool’s multiple YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LFCTV GO or LFCTV feeds.
How can I watch highlights?
It is expected that both Aston Villa and Liverpool will provide highlights packages on their social media feeds.