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Liverpool Women prepare for penultimate WSL battle

Liverpool Women cruised to a comfortable 5-2 win at Prenton Park against Bristol City last week. The Reds now look to take on Birmingham City in their penultimate 2018/19 fixture.

A Rinsola Babajide hat-trick kicked Liverpool Women into motion against Bristol. Further goals from Yana Danïels and Ashley Hodson secured the team’s first win in five matches.

A tough March for Vicky Jepson’s side coated the team in doubt, but their latest victory has boosted morale. The girls are now just one point behind FA Cup finalists West Ham.

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St. Andrews awaits

Birmingham City: WLLWW

Liverpool: LLLLW

Fourth place Birmingham wait to host Liverpool Women on Sunday for a 2pm kick-off.

The Blues have a chance to sneak into third place if Chelsea slip up against Yeovil Town. However, the already relegated Glovers may well rest up key players, making for an easy win for Chelsea.

Birmingham will still no doubt want to end the season on a high, showing that they went toe-to-toe with the reigning WSL champions.

Marta Tejedor – who replaced Marc Skinner as Birmingham manager – will be looking to secure her side’s third win in a row.

Liverpool are safe for the season and have a chance of finishing with a comfortable 25 points if they win their last two games. So both sides will be up to battle it out.

The reverse fixture tilted in Birmingham’s favour after they grafted out a 2-0 win. Emma Follis and Connie Scofield netted the goals to earn maximum points.

However the Reds are still buzzing from their Bristol victory, meaning a boost in confidence could make for another well-earned win.

Team talk

Liverpool Women’s Niamh Charles has returned to the first team following a lengthy spell out with injury.

The academy riser made a cameo appearance against Bristol and took to the pitch like she’d never left. A start against Birmingham may not be on the cards for Charles but another substitute appearance should definitely be expected.

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Women’s Academy starlets Annabel Blanchard and Missy-Bo Kearns will likely be named substitutes. The duo were ruled out of the Bristol clash to play in the WSL Plate final against Bristol City Academy.

Babajide’s performance against Bristol should earn her another start, looking to continue her electric form alongside Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

Follis will be the most likely to trouble Liverpool’s defence again. Follis has the highest goal contribution tally for the team this season, with four goals and two assists.

Hayley Ladd is another who could catch the Reds off guard. Her superb free-kick against West Ham will be no doubt be a talking point amongst Jepson and her staff.

What promises to be an active fixture will kick-off on April 28 at 2pm at Birmingham City’s ground. Tune into our latest LFC Women’s Podcast to get yourself ready for the match!

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