Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Women’s Super League clash between Aston Villa Women and West Ham United Women, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The hosts enter the fixture in ninth position, while the Hammers sit a couple of places higher in seventh spot.
It proved to be an important victory as not only did it end a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions, it also moved Carla Ward‘s side nine points clear of danger.
They were, however, eliminated from the FA Cup last weekend as Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners, with Aston Villa’s main highlight from the encounter proving to be a Ramona Petzelberger spot kick in stoppage time.
Ward and her team will now turn their attention back to league matters, and they will be looking to pick up their second home win of the season after losing their last seven competitive home fixtures.
The Villains have conceded 11 goals in their five home league games, but they have also struggled in the final third after scoring just three goals at home, but Ward will be hoping that the prospect of consecutive league victories is just the incentive needed to achieve a positive home result.
West Ham head into the contest six points clear of their opponents, but they will be looking to bounce back after losing to Chelsea in their last league outing.
West Ham face an away trip to Reading in the next round of the cup, but for now they will focus on Sunday’s fixture at the Bescot Stadium.
Having picked up just five of their 17 WSL points on the road this term, the Hammers certainly have room to improve away from home, especially as they have failed to score in three of their six away fixtures, while they have only kept one league clean sheet on their travels this season.
A victory on Sunday would be West Ham’s second away league win of the season and it could result in the Hammers climbing into the top half of the league table.
Aston Villa Women Women’s Super League form:
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Following her return from the Asia Cup, Emily Gielnik is expected to come into the starting lineup for Sunday’s contest.
Jill Scott made her debut for the Villains last weekend after joining on loan from Manchester City, and she will keep her place in the side for the West Ham clash.
Brynjarsdottir is expected to return to the starting lineup for Sunday’s away trip and the Iceland international will be partnered in the front line by Walker.
Aston Villa Women possible starting lineup:
Hampton; Mayling, Patten, Asante, Pacheco; Blindkilde, Scott, Allen; Lehmann, Petzelberger, Gielnik
West Ham United Women possible starting lineup:
Leat; Parker, Fisk, Cissoko; Wyne, Filis, Snerle, Svitkova, Longhurst; Walker, Brynjarsdottir
We say: Aston Villa Women 2-1 West Ham United Women
Although Aston Villa have struggled at home this season, the extra quality added in January – with Anna Patten and Jill Scott joining on loan – has undoubtedly improved their squad, and we think that they will build upon the Leicester victory to edge out a West Ham side that usually struggle on their travels.