General views of Academy Stadium Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

PREVIEW: Manchester City v Everton

Manchester City manager Nick Cushing will take charge of his side for the first time since his scheduled departure for Major League Soccer club New York City was announced when they face Everton at The Academy Stadium on Saturday evening.

The 35-year-old will leave City next month to take up a role as assistant manager at the American club’s men’s side, ending a 12-year affinity with the Manchester giants.

Cushing’s penultimate home fixture comes against Everton in the FA Women’s Super League this weekend. City are three points behind champions Arsenal in the title race and they will face a stern test against Willie Kirk’s ever-improving Blue Girls.

Manchester City go into the match on the back of a 23-match unbeaten run on home soil in all competitions. The club have not tasted defeat at The Academy Stadium since their 2-0 loss at home to Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Women’s Champions League’s last-32 early last season.

Cushing’s side have won all of their last four at the City Football Academy venue while they are yet to concede a goal at home in the FA Women’s Super League this season.

After an impressive start to the season, Everton arrive in Manchester on the back of consecutive league defeats. Manager Willie Kirk won’t be overly concerned with those losses though with The Blues Girls having been beaten at Manchester United and by champions Arsenal at home.

Former Manchester City midfielder Izzy Christiansen could make her second debut for The Blue Girls at The Academy Stadium following her recent transfer from European champions Lyon. The England international spent four-and-a-half years with City between 2014 and 2018 and was a big favourite of the club’s fans.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm with issues 17 and 18 of FA Women’s Super League Full-Time magazine available for purchase from members of the Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club inside The Academy Stadium.

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