Manchester City Women Manager Nick Cushing Manchester City Women v West Ham United Women SSE FA Cup Final football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 04 May 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

PREVIEW: Manchester City v Arsenal

Manchester City will return to their home of The Academy Stadium this afternoon for their all-important top of the table clash against Arsenal in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The two teams met earlier in the week for their FA Women’s Continental League Cup semi-final tie at Meadow Park, which resulted in Arsenal progressing to the final of the competition following a 2-1 win.

Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring early on with Danielle van de Donk contributing a second before half-time.  Arsenal capitalized on a defensive mistakes in return, costing the visitors. City were able to find their way back into the game through Gemma Bonner who reduced the deficit from her headed goal from a corner but missed opportunities played their part as only moments before, Ellen White was denied from the penalty spot by Manuela Zinsberger following a foul on Lauren Hemp in the area.

Manager Nick Cushing’s ‘Farewell Tour’ will come to end following the announcement that today’s game will be his last for the club before heading to America. Manchester City will be looking to bounce back to give their manager the perfect send off. After a run of four fixtures away from home in all domestic competitions, City will be happy to return to The Academy Stadium for this top of the table clash against Arsenal which is set to be a closely fought affair as this fixture could be season-defining for either team.

Arsenal will continue to build on the confidence taken from their midweek encounter and manager Joe Montemurro could recall midfielder Jordan Nobbs and winger Beth Mead to the starting XI. Striker Miedema will be once again looking to provide goals, Manchester City will have to be on top of their game to limit her opportunities when they come along.

Ones to watch

Lauren Hemp (Manchester City) was able to impose herself on the game at Meadow Park in midweek.  Hemp was able to create a lot of good play from the wings which looked to trouble Arsenal.

Sunday’s meeting will kick-off at 2pm and admission will be available from ticket booth situated outside the stadium. The match can also be streamed live the FA Player app.

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